Uber gets hit again; shares below $40

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Uber's stock fell 7.6 percent on Friday, its first day as a publicly traded firm.

Lyft, too, slid more than 5 percent in early trading on Monday, leaving shares at around $48, compared with an IPO price of $72.

"Like all periods of transition, there are ups and downs", Khosrowshahi wrote, according to CNBC.

Some analysts argued Uber's long-term prospects are strong, observing that the IPO came at a time of market turbulence notably caused by concerns over trade tensions between the U.S. and China.

"We are not anxious the stock is turbulent today on its first day of pricing and we continue to believe on a sum of the parts valuation this stock is worth a $100 billion+ and we would be buyers here despite the choppy tech tape and general market worries", Ives contends.

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Uber originally priced its IPO at $45 per share, though it actually entered the market at $42. Throughout that first day of trading, it didn't get much better.

CNBC's Elizabeth Schulze offered a list of multiple concerns that she said are contributing to Uber's stock sell off.

Wall Street analysts mostly came out bullish on Uber ahead of its IPO. Even after suffering serious losses since coming public, Uber has a market cap of roughly $64 billion.

"Remember that the Facebook and Amazon post-IPO trading was incredibly hard for those companies", Khosrowshahi said in the message. "And look at how they have delivered since". "Our road will be the same".

While it's hardly unique for a young technology company to lose money while chasing growth, analysts have still pointed to Lyft's uncertain path to profitability as a reason for caution.

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Lyft is in a similar predicament.

Adding to the bad climate for a hail riding IPO, Lyft, UBER's main rival reported eye watering losses of $1.1 billion in Q1. Lyft went public in March of this year and, despite having a positive first day of trading, its shares have plunged in the weeks since.

Khosrowshahi said in his email that he'll discuss the company's IPO further during Uber's all-hands meeting on Tuesday. Some big stock market winners that possessed the attributes outlined above are Netflix (NFLX), which we recommended to investors in October 2002; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which we bought and recommended in July 2004; Baidu.com (BIDU), which we bought and recommended in August 2006; and MercadoLibre (MELI), which we recommended to investors in October 2010. We will not be able to control timing, but we will be able to control the outcome.

"Until we get to Star Trek-style transporting, things and people have to get to point A to point B, and to me Uber globally is very well positioned to take advantage of that", Iaccino said. "It's all in our hands".

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