The Majority of Analysts Are Still Bullish on Upwork Inc. (UPWK)

On Thursday, shares of Upwork Inc. (NASDAQ:UPWK) marked $12.86 per share versus a previous $15.07 closing price. With having a -14.66% loss, an insight into the fundamental values of Upwork Inc., investors would also find a great ally in the technical patterns of the stock movements showed in stock charts. UPWK showed a fall of -28.99% within its YTD performance, with highs and lows between $12.87 – $25.00 during the period of 52 weeks, compared to the simple moving average of -24.80% in the period of the last 200 days.

First Analysis Sec equity researchers changed the status of Upwork Inc. (NASDAQ: UPWK) shares to a “Outperform” rating in the report published on November 1st, 2019. Other analysts, including Jefferies, also published their reports on UPWK shares. Jefferies repeated the rating from the previous report, marking UPWK under “Buy” rating, in the report published on June 26th, 2019. Additionally, UPWK shares got another “Outperform” rating from RBC Capital Mkts, setting a target price of $24 on the company’s shares, according to the report published in October 29th, 2018. On October 29th, 2018, Jefferies Initiated an Hold rating and increased its price target to $20. On the other hand, Citigroup Initiated the “Buy” rating for UPWK shares, as published in the report on October 29th, 2018. Guggenheim seems to be going bullish on the price of UPWK shares, based on the price prediction for UPWK, indicating that the shares will jump to $25, giving the shares “Buy” rating based on their report from October 24th, 2018.

Upwork Inc. (UPWK) Analysis

The present dividend yield for UPWK owners is set at 0, marking the return investors will get regardless of the company’s performance in the upcoming period. In addition, the growth of sales from quarter to quarter is recording 18.50%, hinting the company’s progress in the upcoming progress.

In order to gain a clear insight on the performance of Upwork Inc. (UPWK) as it may occur in the future, there are more than several well-rounded types of analysis and research techniques, while equity is most certainly one of the more important indicators into the company’s growth and performance. In this case, you want to make sure that the return on the present equity of -10.90% is enough for you to make a profit out of your investment. You may also count in the quick ratio of the company, currently set at 1.80 so you would make sure that the company is able to cover the debts it may have, which can be easily seen in annual reports of the company.

Set to affect the volatility of a given stock, the average volume can also be a valuable indicator, while UPWK is currently recording an average of 1.00M in volumes. The volatility of the stock on monthly basis is set at 3.50%, while the weekly volatility levels are marked at 5.41%with -14.49% of loss in the last seven days. Additionally, long-term investors are predicting the target price of $23.50, indicating growth from the present price of $12.86, which can represent yet another valuable research and analysis points that can help you decide whether to invest in UPWK or pass.

What to Look for When Analyzing Upwork Inc. Shares?

Upwork Inc. (UPWK) is based in the USA and it represents one of the well-known company operating with Technology sector. If you wish to compare UPWK shares with other companies under Electronic Equipment and Consumer Goods, a factor to note is the P/E value of for Upwork Inc., while the value can represent an indicator in the future growth of the company in terms of investor’s expectations. The later value should have a steady growth rate, increasing and growing gradually, which serves the purpose of reliably showcasing the progress of the company. The value -0.18 is supported by the yearly ESP growth of -83.10%.

Besides from looking into the fundamentals, you should also note the number of people inside the company owning the shares, as the values should be in line with the expectations of investors. In that spirit, the present ownership of stocks inside the company is set at 0.90%, which can provide you with an insight of how involved executives are in owning shares of the company. In oppose to the executives’ share, the institutional ownership counts 66.00% of shares, carrying an equal significance as an indicator of value, as the presence of large investors may signal a strong company.

Are Institutional Investors Increasing Stakes in UPWK Shares?

It appears that more than several institutional investors and hedge funds decided to increase stakes in UPWK in the recent period. That is how The Vanguard Group, Inc. now has an increase position in UPWK by 161.68% in the first quarter, owning 5.43 million shares of UPWK stocks, with the value of $72.19 million after the purchase of an additional 3,352,246 shares during the last quarter. In the meanwhile, Franklin Advisers, Inc. also increased their stake in UPWK shares changed 954.20% in the first quarter, which means that the company now owns 4.69 million shares of company, all valued at $62.43 million after the acquisition of additional 4,247,162 shares during the last quarter.

BlackRock Fund Advisors acquired a new position in Upwork Inc. during the first quarter, with the value of $45.42 million, and Ancient Art LP increased their stake in the company’s shares by 683.29% in the first quarter, now owning 1,687,899 shares valued at $25.74 million after the acquisition of the additional 1.93 million shares during the last quarter. In the end, Capital Research & Management Co. increased their position by 149.46% during the first quarter, now owning 1.88 million UPWK shares, now holding the value of $25.06 million in UPWK with the purchase of the additional 1,883,536 shares during the period of the last quarter. At the present, 66.00% of UPWK shares are in the ownership of institutional investors.