Atlassian’s stock upgraded by Piper Sandler to Overweight: Buy opportunity?

on Jul 2, 2024
  • Piper Sandler upgrades Atlassian to Overweight, raises price target.
  • Strong Q3 results; upcoming earnings expected to be better than expected.
  • Technical outlook: Short-term bullish momentum, medium-term caution warranted.

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Atlassian Corp (NASDAQ: TEAM) saw a robust start to the day on Tuesday,  following a notable upgrade from Piper Sandler. Analyst Rob Owens upgraded the project management software company from Neutral to Overweight, concurrently raising the price target from $200 to $225.

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This upgrade comes amidst growing optimism around Atlassian’s cloud migration strategy and its potential to enhance growth dynamics.

As a result, the stock opened strong, posting gains of over 4% in early trading.

Earnings and outlook

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Earlier this year, Atlassian reported impressive third-quarter fiscal 2024 results, exceeding expectations with non-GAAP EPS of $0.89, surpassing estimates by $0.26, and revenue hitting $1.19 billion, marking a robust 30% year-over-year growth.

The company’s success was driven by substantial growth in both its Cloud and Data Center segments, reflecting strong customer adoption and effective migration strategies.

Looking ahead, Atlassian is set to announce its fourth-quarter fiscal 2024 earnings on August 1st, 2024, with analysts estimating normalized EPS at $0.61 on revenues of approximately $1.13 billion.

UBS remains cautious

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Analysts have expressed mixed sentiments towards Atlassian’s prospects. While Piper Sandler’s upgrade underscores confidence in the company’s growth trajectory, UBS remains cautious due to concerns over the sustainability of Data Center revenue growth and potential challenges in migrating customers to the cloud.

Despite maintaining a Neutral rating, UBS lowered its price target on Atlassian from $250 to $200 on April 26th, reflecting lingering uncertainties.

Fundamentally, Atlassian has successfully expanded its enterprise customer base and is making strides in penetrating new markets, albeit amid macroeconomic headwinds and competitive pressures from industry giants like Microsoft and ServiceNow.

Given the recent upgrade by Piper Sandler and the company’s strategic initiatives, the question arises: could Atlassian present a compelling buy opportunity amidst current market conditions?

Now, let’s delve into the technical analysis to gauge the potential trajectory of Atlassian’s stock price in the near term.

Short-term uptrend, but medium-term downtrend persists

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Atlassian’s stock endured a substantial decline from late 2021 through the end of 2022, shedding nearly 75% of its value during that period.

It staged an impressive recovery, surging more than 100% from its 2022 lows to January of this year, just before reporting its Q2 2024 results.

TEAM chart by TradingView

Following the Q2 2024 earnings release, the stock entered another downtrend, plummeting from above $250 to around $150.

However, it has rebounded approximately 20% from those recent lows over the past two weeks, signaling bullish momentum in the short-term charts.

Despite this short-term rebound, Atlassian remains in a downtrend on medium-term and long-term charts, warranting caution for bullish investors.

Investors considering a bullish position can start with a small position at current levels and add to it if the stock starts trading above $192.88.

If the stock doesn’t fall below the recent swing low at $153.70 and bullish momentum returns in the medium-term charts, one can again see it reaching near the $220 level in the coming months.

Traders having a bearish view should avoid short positions given the current short-term bullish momentum. Fresh short positions could be reconsidered only if the stock drops below its 50-day moving average, which is currently around $173.

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