The Hype Horror Show 3 Overvalued Stocks That Will Haunt Your Portfolio


  • These overvalued stocks are at a risk of underperforming relative to the market.
  • Mobileye (MBLY): Mobileye faces issues with excess inventory of EyeQ chips
  • Palantir (PLTR): PLTR’s enterprise value to forward EBITDA ratio stands at 53x, well above the median.
  • CrowdStrike (CRWD): CRWD is trading at a high forward P/E of nearly 90x.
Overvalued Stocks - The Hype Horror Show 3 Overvalued Stocks That Will Haunt Your Portfolio

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In the current investment climate, the stock market has witnessed some stocks reaching sky-high valuations driven more by speculative hype than substantive economic performance. This trend creates a precarious situation for investors, whose portfolios may suffer if these stocks adjust to more rational levels, reflecting their true business value.

This scenario is akin to a horror show for the unwary investor, where today’s star stocks can quickly turn into tomorrow’s dreadful losses, haunting portfolios with their sharp declines. There are sectors in the market that have shown signs of overheating, and the stocks within them could be on the verge of a significant correction. By identifying these potential pitfalls, investors can better navigate the eerie heights of market hype and protect their investments from becoming ghostly remnants of a once-booming stock craze.

Hence, here are three overvalued stocks that investors should avoid at all costs.

Mobileye (MBLY)

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Mobileye (NASDAQ:MBLY) specializes in creating software, cameras, and sensors that power systems designed to make driving safer.

Currently, Mobileye’s stock trades at about 77x forward non-GAAP operating profits, a stark premium in a market where price-to-earnings ratios in the tech sector are considerably lower on average. This pricing suggests high expectations for future earnings and growth – expectations that Mobileye may struggle to meet given the current economic landscape and internal company forecasts.

Mobileye itself has tempered expectations for growth in the near term, projecting no significant revenue increases for the year. This stagnant outlook is concerning because it diverges from the rapid growth trajectory that has characterized Mobileye’s performance in the past. A static revenue forecast can be a deterrent for new investors and a sell signal for current holders as it suggests the company may be reaching a plateau.

A critical issue facing Mobileye this year is its inventory management. The company has admitted to an excess inventory of EyeQ chips following a period of overproduction. This surplus could lead to a drag on revenue as the company struggles to align its inventory levels with actual market demand.

Palantir (PLTR)

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Palantir (NYSE:PLTR) is a leader in data analytics and artificial intelligence. Despite its cutting-edge technology and a solid growth trajectory, the company’s valuation raises significant concerns.

Palantir trades at a sky-high forward price-to-earnings ratio of approximately 72x for the year 2024. Palantir’s high valuation metrics are largely fueled by the hype surrounding artificial intelligence.

However, it is essential to discern between the excitement of technological potential and the financial fundamentals that underpin a sound investment. Despite a promising sales growth forecast, Palantir’s stock could be significantly overpriced if its AI sector hype diminishes or if the market experiences a rapid correction.

Palantir’s valuation presents a stark contrast when compared to historical metrics and peer averages. Currently, the company’s enterprise value to forward EBITDA ratio stands at an extraordinary 53x, significantly higher than the median of 15x seen among its peers. This elevated metric places Palantir at the high end of the market spectrum, challenging the justification of its current market price based on traditional valuation methods.

CrowdStrike (CRWD)

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CrowdStrike (NASDAQ:CRWD) is a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint and cloud workload protection. Despite its commendable performance and robust growth metrics, its valuation presents a complex picture. Currently trading at a forward P/E of nearly 96x, CrowdStrike’s valuation significantly outpaces its peers, raising questions about sustainability and future growth potential.

CrowdStrike reported impressive results in its latest fiscal quarter, with revenue growth of 33% year-over-year (YoY). However, despite these gains, the stock trades at about 22x forward sales, highlighting a premium market position that exceeds many of its competitors in the cybersecurity space.

While CrowdStrike continues to benefit from increased demand for cybersecurity solutions, the competitive landscape is intensifying. Competitors like Palo Alto Networks and Zscaler are also enhancing their offerings, with strategies that include aggressive pricing and expanded service platforms that could pressure CrowdStrike’s market share and profitability.  The high valuation not only reflects the high expectations for future growth but also imposes a high entry barrier for new investors, making the stock potentially volatile to shifts in market sentiment or financial performance discrepancies.

On the date of publication, Mohammed Saqib did not hold (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the Publishing Guidelines.

Mohammed Saqib is a research analyst with experience in equity research and financial modeling. He has extensively covered stocks listed in the tech sector using fundamental analysis as the cornerstone of his approach. Currently pursuing a master’s degree in finance, Saqib is dedicated to obtaining the CFA charter to augment his expertise in the field further.

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