What happened

Shares of 2U (NASDAQ:TWOU) slumped on Monday along with the broader market. The education-focused software-as-a-service provider has been dragged up and down by a tumultuous stock market in recent days. Last Wednesday, the stock soared for no reason as the major stock indices rallied.

This time around, the stock is sinking amid a deep stock market sell-off. 2U stock was down about 7.6% at 11 a.m. EDT.

So what

It's unclear how the novel coronavirus outbreak that's causing some of the recent stock market volatility will affect 2U. The company sells cloud-based software to universities and nonprofit colleges that enable online learning, so it could benefit if schools in the U.S. are forced to move online-only for a while as the outbreak runs its course.

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On the other hand, predicting anything about how individual companies will fare in this unprecedented situation is difficult. The stock is up since the beginning of February, but it took a beating on Monday along with the rest of the stock market.

Now what

For long-term investors, these day-to-day fluctuations in the stock price don't mean much. Ultimately, what matters is the company's performance.

Shares of 2U are up about 37% over the past six months, but that rally was preceded by a steep decline. Over the past year, 2U stock has lost 63% of its value.

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