The Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQINDEX:^COMP) has been the leader in the stock market’s big rally since March. Unfortunately, it’s also proven to be the leader in the recent pullback. The index has fallen more than its peers, and on Friday, the Nasdaq lost ground even as the Dow and S&P gained ground.
Most of the big-name tech players that make up the biggest weightings in the Nasdaq saw their share prices decline on Friday. Particularly notable, though, were Peloton Interactive (NASDAQ:PTON) and PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ:PYPL). The way their shares behaved was indicative of some of the challenges facing the entire Nasdaq right now.
Peloton pedals backward
Shares of Peloton Holdings finished down more than 4% on Friday. That would have been disappointing in any event, but the worst of it was that Peloton had been up as much as 12% earlier in the session on optimism about the stationary bike and treadmill maker’s most recent quarterly earnings.
Peloton’s numbers were all very impressive. Sales in the fiscal fourth quarter jumped 172% to finish above the $600 million mark, closing a fiscal year in which revenue doubled. Peloton delivered 76.8 million connected fitness workouts, more than quadruple its year-ago figure. Churn rates remained low, and Peloton ended the period with more than 3 million total members. The company also earned a profit for the first time.
Yet the rally in Peloton shares proved short-lived, perhaps because of concerns about the extent to which the stock has already moved higher. Share prices had risen by nearly 50% between late August and earlier this week. Some concluded that the stock had already been priced in, in the strong quarterly results.
Looking ahead, Peloton has addressed some of its price-point challenges, with plans to release a mix of high-end models and