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Why DraftKings Stock Dropped 7.3% on Monday

By Travis Hoium – Sep 20, 2021 at 5:54PM

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Today's growth-stock selling hit DraftKings hard.

What happened 

Shares of online betting company DraftKings (DKNG -4.26%) fell as much as 7.3% in trading on Monday as investors quickly exited growth stocks. Shares closed the day down 5.7% after a late-day recovery. 

So what

The biggest reason for the drop at DraftKings was the market's sell-off in general. Fear of the financial markets breaking down are high after issues at China Evergrande Group made global headlines over the weekend. The company might not be a household name, but it's a huge real estate company with $300 billion in liabilities, so a default this week could have a wide-ranging impact. 

Person making a bet on a mobile device.

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As a high-growth stock, DraftKings is often more volatile than the market overall, and we saw that today. Shares are also extremely highly valued with the company's market cap at $23 billion and revenue expected to be just $1.21 billion to $1.29 billion in 2021. If a financial crisis does grip the global economy, it could be tough for DraftKings to live up to that valuation.

Now what

I would look at today's drop as a normal part of investing in growth stocks. The company is still doing very well and growing quickly, but that doesn't make it immune from rapid market selling. If you're bullish on the stock for the long term, there's no reason to abandon shares today, and we could see them bounce back if the current fear of a crisis subsides. 

Travis Hoium has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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