- NYSE:PLTR drops again on Tuesday, down over 3%.
- Palantir CEO Alex Karp receives a $1 billion payday for 2020.
- Palantir has seen heavy insider selling over the last quarter.
Update May 7: Shares of Palantir Technologies (NYSE: PLTR) have been extending their losses with a drop of just over 5% on Thursday. At $20.09, equity in the tech company is now at its lowest levels since late November 2020. The sharp fall has squeezed Palantir's market cap to $37.5 billion, which is still hefty. The fallout from CEO Alex Karp's selling continues weighing on the company. After-hours figures are pointing to further downside, another drop to $20.03. For buls to retain hope, shares would need to hold above the psychological support line of $20.
NYSE:PLTR has proven to be a frustrating stock to own for investors when it is not the target of a coordinated Reddit short squeeze. Palantir has spent the last two months consolidating around the $23.00 price level, and on Friday the stock extended its losses as it fell a further 1.41% to close out the trading week at $23.04. Shares have plateaued and this is evidenced by the 50-day and 200-day moving average being nearly equal at $23.63 and $23.31 respectively. Despite remaining popular amongst retail investors, Palantir has not been able to make any upward movement back towards its all-time high price of $45.00.
Palantir’s management is back in the headlines just weeks after several high-ranking executives sold off millions of dollars in stock after the IPO lockup period had expired. This time, it was reported that CEO Alex Karp received $1 billion for bringing the company public last year as well as other incentivized accomplishments. The breakdown of the $1 billion includes $797.9 million in options and $296.4 million worth of stock. This is quite the raise for Karp who only netted a salary of $12.1 million the year before.
PLTR price prediction
Palantir is just the latest tech company to announce that it will be reporting its quarterly earnings to shareholders on May 11th. All eyes will be on how Palantir performed this quarter, after a somewhat disappointing Double Click Demo Day that showed off its Foundry platform to potential clients around the world. Wall Street will also be paying attention to see if Palantir has been able to successfully create more commercial clients, as one of the biggest knocks against the company is its reliance on the U.S. Government.
Update: PLTR shares have broken through support and look like a move sharply lower could be on the cards. PLTR shares are already down 3% in the first half-hour of trading on Thursday. A break of $20 psychological support means look out below.
Update May 6: Bearish breakdown? Palantir Technologies Inc (NYSE: PLTR) has dropped by another 2.26% on Wednesday, closing at $21.15. A look at the technical chart is showing that equity of the Denver-based firm fell under the previous trough of $21.78 recorded on April 20, thus opening the door to further falls. Selling by CEO Alex Karp has been weighing on shares for over a week – PLTR is suffering from seven days of falls. After-hours figures ahead of Thursday's trading session point to another slide to $21.02.
Update May 5: Shares of Palantri Technologies Inc (NYSE: PLTR) have been falling for the seventh consecutive day., now dipping below the April low of $21.78 to change hands below $2160. The latest blow came from Janet Yellen. America's Treasury Secretary and former Chair of the Federal Reserve sent tech shares to a tailspin by saying interest rates could rise. However, the greater issue is Palantir's insider selling.
Update May 5: Palantir Technologies Inc (NYSE: PLTR) has suffered a sixth consecutive day of losses on Tuesday, tumbling to $21.64. The shadow of insider trading from CEO Alex Karp continues weighing on the tech company. Shares also fell as part of a broader sell-off in the broader sector, triggered by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. The former Chair of the Federal Reserve said that interest rates could rise if inflation would pick up. While she later went back on these remarks, markets are worried of higher borrowing costs. Can PLTR recover? After-hours figures are pointing to a modest recovery to $21.72 on Wednesday.
Update May 4 PM: PLTR shares are suffering a steep fall on Tuesday in a broader risk-off environment. The stock has been under pressure as news emerged of the CEO's massive share award since taking PLTR public. A number of PLTR insiders have also been permitted to sell their shares after the expiry of a lockup period and this is what they have been doing. Cathie Wood or ARK continues to make large block purchases in April.
Update May 4: Palantir Technologies Inc (NYSE: PLTR) is facing a sixth consecutive day of declines, as after-hours data is pointing to another loss of 0.18% after shares of the Denver-based tech company fell by 3.17% on Monday. While daily losses have been relatively modest in comparison to the equity's swings, the accumulated effect is significant. Critical support awaits at $21.78, which was the closing trough in April. Will bargain-seeker jump in and prevent another day of falls?
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