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Risk-on is the watchword of financial markets this year. Fears of an escalation in US – China trade spat has significantly decreased following the resumption of discussions and the suspension of a new round of tariffs on $300 billion worth of imported Chinese goods. Additionally, the global U-turn of major central banks from normalization to stimulus helped pushing major indices at record highs, with US technology index composite NASDAQ leading the way above the 8200 mark while S&P 500 information technology sector has been outperforming other underlying sectors by far in 2019, suggesting a preference for tech companies in periods of optimism. On the same line, investments in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, a long-term investment trend that is expected to transcend all industries and disrupt markets globally, should profit in a similar fashion thanks to cross-sectoral diversification and a bias on future industrial technologies.
Alteryx Inc, an American company based in California specialized in big data analytics using artificial intelligence to leverage available data within an organization to come up with actionable business solutions by providing a user-friendly end-to-end platform is expected to expand profitability and revenue looking forward. The company whose rapid growth has been taking off significantly in 2018 already increased revenue and gross margin in 1Q:2019 by 51% and 90.5% year-on-year to $ 76 million and $ 68 million respectively and set revenue 2Q:2019 guidance along $ 74 – 77 million (+44% - 50% from Q2:2018), a spectacular trend that necessarily attracts investors and larger actors. On the demand side, Alteryx already serves over 4970 customers worldwide (+35%) among which 28% of client base are part of Forbes Global 2000 ranking of the world’s largest public companies with names like eBay, Netflix, Twitter or Autodesk. Alteryx is thus not only an interesting stock to hold for its growth and profit potential, but also stays an attractive acquisition target for bigger players willing to expand their data analytics business activities. Investment into Robotics & AI is therefore not over as unique, smart and scalable solutions continue to flood financial markets.