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Workday hiring data slides along with its stock

1 month ago by Jon Marino in Earnings

Workday ($NASDAQ:WDAY) stock is well off its 2019 highs, but still up about 8% as we head into its earnings report and final month of the year. The company will report earnings December 3 and analysts tracked by Zacks Investment Research are looking for an EPS loss of -$0.38, an improvement over last year. 

The California-based cloud enterprise company has a Bank of America Merrill Lynch (or BAML) analyst in its corner, touting growth prospects and hitching a bullish price target to the company. "Our conversations with channel partners indicate healthy business trends," the BAML note dated November 27 said, adding "Workday should report solid 3Q FY20 results on Dec. 3." 

If Workday is to make a rebound, it should start showing up in the job postings - which have slipped 34% over about the same time its stock fell more than 20% this year. 

Engineer job postings, in particular, are down at Workday as well. The chart above tracks this role over time, which decreased over 53%, making up for the majority of the postings being eliminated online. 

The BAML report cheerily notes that "the only 'negative' feedback we heard was that Workday is starting to see some unhappy customers (though none have shown desire to leave the platform) as some enterprise customers are requiring more complex deployments," but, it sure seems like this would be a problem easily resolved with more - and not fewer - engineers. 

About the Data: 

Thinknum tracks companies using the information they post online - jobs, social and web traffic, product sales and app ratings - and creates data sets that measure factors like hiring, revenue and foot traffic. Data sets may not be fully comprehensive (they only account for what is available on the web), but they can be used to gauge performance factors like staffing and sales. 

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Jon Marino is Thinknum's finance editor, covering the impacts of alternative data on public companies and investors. Prior to joining Thinknum, Jon worked in the ...

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