Fastly saga could warn investors to choose future winning stocks wisely, strategist says

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The fading hopes of a coronavirus revival and rising cases in the United States and Europe are pushing investors to press the ‘sell’ button on stocks this morning, with the tech sector having to bear the brunt when Wall Street opens.

In the spotlight on Thursday, the actions of Fastly FSLY,
-4,38%
are down 30% in pre-market commerce. The cloud platform company cut its revenue forecast and canceled its full-year forecast after its biggest customer, parent company TikTok, Bytedance, did not use its product as much as expected due to tensions between the United States and China.

Fastly has gained more than 500% this year as investors piled into these so-called growth stocks that either thrived or were not unduly harmed by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s just another sign that this market has no middle ground, says Michael O’Rourke, chief market strategist at JonesTrading.In our call of the day, O’Rourke suggests that investors may want to think carefully about selecting future “winners” in an ever-changing world.

“The interesting aspect of the current environment is that the market appears to be picking the winners for the next generation based on the atypical events of 2020,” O’Rourke says, in a note to clients. Sure, people need more computers, laptops, and other gadgets to set up the home office, but it’s “essentially a one-time purchase,” he adds.

“There is no doubt that some applications, products and services have enjoyed a historic pace of widespread adoption due to the pandemic,” says O’Rourke, focusing on Fastly. “But when these companies trade 30 to 70 times their futures sales, extreme optimism is built in.”

He looks back at what the company itself had to say: “The current global environment has, in some ways, fueled our business, but has also created areas of uncertainty.”

“So much for ordering generational winners in an abnormal year,” says O’Rourke.

An individual investor can already be a step back here. According to the Financial Times, some hedge funds are starting to take the view that the best is over for some of these so-called COVID-19 winners.

Meanwhile, O’Rourke notes, the “much maligned” banks that reported this week generate net income of $ 20 billion per quarter. It is then that they continue to build reserves for credit losses that are expected to appear next year due to the pandemic.

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The steps

YM00 equity futures contracts,
-0,89%

ES00,
-0,94%
are deeply in the red, with the future Nasdaq-100 NQ00s,
-1,33%
down 1.8%. European SXXP shares also retreated precipitously,
-2,12%
CL.1 oil,
-2,85%
and Asian markets.

The buzz

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-0,74%
and banking giant Morgan Stanley MS,
+ 0,41%.

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-2,17%
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