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Why Zoom Video Communications Stock Fell Friday

By Daniel Sparks – Updated Feb 28, 2020 at 5:14PM

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The tech stock is taking a breather after a huge run-up.

What happened

Shares of Zoom Video Communications (ZM -2.25%), a video conferencing and collaboration software platform, were hit hard on Friday. The stock fell as much as 14.2% and finished the trading day down 7.5%.

The tech stock's decline likely reflects some Zoom investors taking profits after a sharp run-up during the week, even as the market fell sharply.

A group of people speaking to a woman via videoconferencing

Image source: Getty Images.

So what

From the beginning of the week to the end of the trading day on Thursday, shares of Zoom Video rose nearly 12%, as investors flocked to the stock in a bet that travel restrictions would be a boon for the videoconferencing company.

Zoom's strong performance throughout the week added to a huge run-up in recent months. Even when including Friday's 7.5% decline, shares are up 41% over the last three months.

Now what

Investors will soon get to see if Zoom's underlying business can live up to the market's excitement for the stock. The company reports fourth-quarter earnings after market close on March 4.

In Q3, Zoom's third quarter, revenue rose 85% year over year to $166.6 million. Analysts, on average, expect fourth-quarter revenue of $177 million.

Daniel Sparks has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Zoom Video Communications and recommends the following options: short May 2020 $120 calls on Zoom Video Communications. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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