Why C3.ai Stock Sank Today – The Motley Fool


- Advertisement -

Founded in 1993 by brothers Tom and David Gardner, The Motley Fool helps millions of people attain financial freedom through our website, podcasts, books, newspaper column, radio show, and premium investing services.
Founded in 1993 by brothers Tom and David Gardner, The Motley Fool helps millions of people attain financial freedom through our website, podcasts, books, newspaper column, radio show, and premium investing services.
Motley Fool Issues Rare “All In” Buy Alert
You’re reading a free article with opinions that may differ from The Motley Fool’s Premium Investing Services. Become a Motley Fool member today to get instant access to our top analyst recommendations, in-depth research, investing resources, and more. Learn More
Shares of C3.ai (AI -4.42%) slipped again in today’s trading, ending the week down roughly 14.6%. The artificial-intelligence software company’s share price closed out Friday’s daily session down 4.5%, while the S&P 500 index ended the session up roughly 0.5%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.6%, and the Nasdaq Composite index was flat on the day. 
While the broader market saw gains Friday, and there doesn’t appear to have been any business-specific news behind the sell-off for C3.ai, investors have swung back to being more cautious about growth stocks. Valuations for growth-dependent software companies soared late last week as investors bet that the Federal Reserve would move away from large interest rate hikes following a better-than-expected round of inflation data, but the bullish spurt proved to be short-lived and gave way to retracement for many companies this week. 
Following explosive bullish momentum on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 driven by the U.S. Labor Department’s latest inflation data, investors appear to be reassessing the outlook on the monetary policy front. Confidence that the Fed will shift away from additional interest rate hikes seems to be slipping, and shifting sentiment led to sell-offs for C3.ai and other highly growth-dependent software stocks on Friday. 
C3.ai’s share price has fallen roughly 59% year to date and trades down roughly 93%from the high that it reached shortly after its initial public offering (IPO) late in December 2020.
C3.ai is set to publish its results for its fiscal second quarter of 2023, which ended Oct. 31, after the market closes on Dec. 7. While the company didn’t issue quarterly or full-year earnings guidance with its Q1 results, management did say that it expects sales expenses as percentage of revenue to rise from 23% to 26% this year. In conjunction with broader trends in the software-as-a-service industry and the potential for a substantial economic downturn, C3.ai is making the transition from a subscription-based billing model to a largely consumption-based model — and investors should keep an eye on how this pivot shapes performance.
C3.ai currently has a market capitalization of roughly $1.4 billion and is valued at approximately 5.3 times this year’s expected sales. 

Keith Noonan has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends C3.ai, Inc. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.
*Average returns of all recommendations since inception. Cost basis and return based on previous market day close.
Market-beating stocks from our award-winning analyst team.
Calculated by average return of all stock recommendations since inception of the Stock Advisor service in February of 2002. Returns as of 11/19/2022.
Discounted offers are only available to new members. Stock Advisor list price is $199 per year.
Calculated by Time-Weighted Return since 2002. Volatility profiles based on trailing-three-year calculations of the standard deviation of service investment returns.
Invest better with The Motley Fool. Get stock recommendations, portfolio guidance, and more from The Motley Fool’s premium services.
Making the world smarter, happier, and richer.

Market data powered by Xignite.


- Advertisement -


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:




More like this

Ghana, creditor panel agree on debt restructuring, paving way for IMF cash

Ghana has finalised a pact with its official creditor...

Nigeria strikes deal with Shell to supply $3.8 billion methanol project

Nigeria has struck a deal for Shell (SHEL.L), opens new...

Africa’s $824 billion debt burden and opaque resource-backed loans hinder its potential, AfDB president warns

Africa's immense economic potential is being undermined by non-transparent...

IMF: South Africa needs decisive efforts to cut spending

South Africa needs more decisive efforts to cut spending...