Pure Storage, Inc. (PSTG): What’s the Story?

Pure Storage, Inc. (PSTG) is an interesting player in the Technology space, with a focus on Data Storage Devices. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $23.59, up from yesterday’s close by 2.52%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Pure Storage, Inc. (PSTG) currently trades with a market capitalization of $5.33 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 48.45 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $7.7 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of -$0.12 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 1.64% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

Sometimes, we can understand most about a stock by simply looking at how it has been trading. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Pure Storage, Inc. recorded a 52-week high of $23.85. It is now trading 0.26% off that level. The stock is trading $20.51 its 50-day moving average by -3.08%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $9.81.

In recent action, Pure Storage, Inc. (PSTG) has made a move of +12.92% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 14.61, and it’s gotten there by action that has been less volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 14.03% with $116.05 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of PSTG.

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