Aurora Innovation Inc., Carvana Co., Joby Aviation Inc., Carnival Corporation, and Wayfair Inc. were among the top five growth stocks in June. Meanwhile, NovoCure Limited, SentinelOne Inc., HashiCorp Inc., Smartsheet Inc., and Okta Inc. were the five companies that faced notable declines last month.

Selection criteria for companies

  • The stock is traded on the NYSE and NASDAQ
  • The share price exceeds 2 USD
  • The companies are not classified as funds
  • Their market capitalisation is over 2 billion USD
  • The average trading volume for the last 30 days is more than 750,000 shares

Growth and decline values were determined as the percentage difference between the opening prices on 1 June and the closing prices on 30 June 2023. The market capitalisation of the companies was valid as of the time of writing.

Stocks with the most significant gains in June 2023

1. Aurora Innovation: +102.75%

Founded in: 2017

Registered in: the US

Headquarters: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sector: technology

Platform: NASDAQ

Market capitalisation: 3.47 billion USD

Aurora Innovation Inc. develops autonomous driving technologies for cars and trucks. The company collaborates with major players in the transport and automotive sectors such as Toyota Motor Corporation, FedEx Corporation, Volvo Trucks, PACCAR Inc., Uber Technologies Inc., US Xpress Enterprises Inc., Werner Enterprises Inc., Covenant Logistics Group Inc., Schneider National Inc., and Ryder System Inc.

Aurora Innovation Inc. (NASDAQ: AUR) stock skyrocketed 102.75% in June, surging from 1.45 USD to 2.94 USD per share. This significant growth can be attributed to a report published by Canaccord Genuity analyst George Gianarikas at the beginning of the month. In the document, the annual target price for the corporation’s stock was set at 5 USD per share. This is more than three times its value at the time.

Stock chart of Aurora Innovation Inc.
Stock chart of Aurora Innovation Inc.*

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2. Carvana: +87.82%

Founded in: 2012

Registered in: the US

Headquarters: Tempe, Arizona

Sector: consumer cyclical

Platform: NYSE

Market capitalisation: 4.93 billion USD

Carvana Co. owns an online platform for buying and selling used cars in the US. Following the results of the previous month, Carvana Co. (NYSE: CVNA) stock increased by 87.82% rising from 13.80 USD to 25.92 USD per share. Recall that the company posted a 77.23% growth in May, thereby ranking third and securing its position among the top 5 gaining stocks in that month.

On 8 June, Carvana Co.’s management improved its EBITDA forecast for the second quarter of this year, expecting it to reach 50 billion USD. This is probably what pushed the company’s quotes up.

Stock chart of Carvana Co.
Stock chart of Carvana Co.*

3. Joby Aviation: +81.91%

Founded in: 2009

Registered in: the US

Headquarters: Santa Cruz, California

Sector: manufacturing

Platform: NYSE

Market capitalisation: 6.93 billion USD

The shares of Joby Aviation Inc. (NYSE: JOBY), which develops and manufactures fully electric aircraft for commercial passenger transportation, gained 81.91% over the past month, rising from 5.64 USD to 10.26 USD.

On 28 June, the corporation published a press release on its website stating that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had approved flight tests for its first production prototype. On the same day, it was announced that Tetsuo Ogawa, Toyota Motor North America Inc.’s President and CEO, had joined the Board of Directors of Joby Aviation Inc.

On 29 June, the corporation announced that it had received a 100 million USD investment from SK Telecom Co. Ltd., South Korea’s telecommunications company. Collaborating with SK Telecom Co. Ltd. could create favourable conditions for Joby Aviation Inc. to enter the South Korean market.

Stock chart of Joby Aviation Inc.
Stock chart of Joby Aviation Inc.*

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4. Carnival Corporation: +66.34%

Founded in: 1972

Registered in: the US

Headquarters: Miami, Florida

Sector: consumer cyclical

Platform: NYSE

Market capitalisation: 23.46 billion USD

Carnival Corporation & plc, with a fleet of over 90 ships, is one of the world’s leading cruise operators. It is the owner of Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, and 15 other subsidiaries.

Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE: CCL) gained 66.34% in June, rising from 11.32 USD to 18.83 USD per share. The company released its Q2 2023 report on 26 June.

Compared to the corresponding period of last year, revenue for March to May increased by 104.54% up to a record 4.91 billion USD, while net loss decreased by 77.81% to 407 million USD or 0.32 USD per share. Carnival Corporation & plc noted ongoing growing demand with the number of bookings for the quarter reaching a new all-time high.

Stock chart of Carnival Corporation
Stock chart of Carnival Corporation*

5. Wayfair: +62.60%

Founded in: 2002

Registered in: the US

Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts

Sector: consumer cyclical

Platform: NYSE

Market capitalisation: 7.25 billion USD

Wayfair Inc. is one the world’s largest online retailers of home goods. Operating under the Wayfair, Joss & Main, AllModern, Birch Lane, and Perigold brands, the company offers over 33 million items from more than 23 thousand suppliers.

Wayfair Inc. (NYSE: W) stock saw a 62.60% increase over the last month, rising from 39.98 USD to 65.01 USD. It is difficult to pinpoint any specific event that could explain this growth. Recall that the corporation was also among the top 5 gaining stocks in January.

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Stock chart of Wayfair Inc.
Stock chart of Wayfair Inc.*

Stocks with the most prominent declines in June 2023

1. NovoCure: −42.60%

Founded in: 2000

Registered in: the US

Headquarters: Saint Helier, Jersey

Sector: healthcare

Platform: NASDAQ

Market capitalisation: 4.41 billion USD

NovoCure Limited develops, manufactures, and markets special-purpose equipment for the treatment of cancer. NovoCure Limited (NASDAQ: NVCR) shares lost 42.60% in June, dropping from 72.3 USD to 41.5 USD per unit.

On 6 June, NovoCure Limited announced positive results for the use of Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) therapy when treating non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, analysts were indignant about the methodology of the study and the way patients were treated.

Stock chart of NovoCure Limited
Stock chart of NovoCure Limited*

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2. SentinelOne: −25.46%

Founded in: 2013

Registered in: the US

Headquarters: Mountain View, California

Sector: technology

Platform: NYSE

Market capitalisation: 4.42 billion USD

SentinelOne Inc. known as Sentinel Labs Inc. until 2021 provides cybersecurity services. Its platform, Singularity, which uses AI technology, enables rapid threat detection and a high level of protection.

SentinelOne Inc. (NYSE: S) stock saw a 25.46% decline over the past month, dropping from 20.26 USD to 15.1 USD per unit. The corporation reported its Q1 fiscal 2024 results on 1 June. Revenue for February to April increased by 70.46% reaching 133.39 million USD, which is the lowest reading since the IPO. Net loss was up 18.96% up to 106.87 million USD or 0.37 USD per share.

On 2 June, analysts lowered the target price for SentinelOne Inc. shares to 18 USD per unit, citing longer deal cycles for the technology corporation and reduced demand for its services from enterprise customers. These clients are refraining from new orders, probably due to high inflation and rising interest rates in the US.

Stock chart of SentinelOne Inc.
Stock chart of SentinelOne Inc.*

3. HashiCorp: −22.40%

Founded in: 2012

Registered in: the US

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Sector: technology

Platform: NASDAQ

Market capitalisation: 5.07 billion

The stock of HashiCorp Inc. (NASDAQ: HCP), which specialises in cloud software development, tumbled 22.40% from 33.74 USD to 26.18 USD over the period in question. On 7 June, the corporation released its Q1 fiscal 2024 report, recording a 36.76% increase in revenue for February to April to 137.98 million USD and a 31.91% decline in net loss to 53.26 million USD or 0.28 USD per share.

However, HashiCorp Inc.’s management noted that the company’s clients are reducing their spending on IT services. As a result, it revised the revenue forecast for the 2024 fiscal year downward from 591-595 million USD to 564-570 million USD. In addition, the corporation plans to lower its expenses by laying off 8% of its workforce.

Stock chart of HashiCorp Inc.
Stock chart of HashiCorp Inc.*

4. Smartsheet: −21.17%

Founded in: 2005

Registered in: the US

Headquarters: Bellevue, Washington

Sector: technology

Platform: NYSE

Market capitalisation: 5.23 billion USD

Smartsheet Inc. owns an online enterprise platform of the same name, designed for project management, workflow automation, task planning, and scaling. Smartsheet Inc. (NYSE: SMAR) stock sank 21.17% from 48.54 USD to 38.26 USD based on June results.

The corporation reported its Q1 fiscal 2024 results on 7 June. Revenue for February to April added 30.64% reaching 219.89 million USD, while net loss decreased by 57.61% to 29.87 million USD or 0.23 USD per share. Despite the positive quarterly statistics, Smartsheet Inc. shares declined during the month.

The company’s management probably failed to reassure investors and shareholders, who are concerned about the developing trend of decreasing demand for corporate IT products and services.

Stock chart of Smartsheet Inc.
Stock chart of Smartsheet Inc.*

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5. Okta: −6.46%

Founded in: 2009

Registered in: China

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Sector: technology

Platform: NASDAQ

Market capitalisation: 11.26 billion USD

The stock of Okta Inc. (NASDAQ: OKTA), which develops corporate software solutions for identity and secure data access management, lost 6.46% in June, dropping from 74.14 USD to 69.35 USD per share. The company released its Q1 fiscal 2024 report on 31 May.

Okta Inc.’s revenue for the three months ended on 30 April showed an increase of 24.82% up to 518 million USD, while net loss decreased by 51.03% to 119 million USD or 0.74 USD per share. The company expects the Q2 revenue to be 533-535 million USD, with the annual indicator reaching 2.18-2.19 billion USD.

At the same time, operating losses amounted to 160 million USD, which accounts for 31% of the quarterly revenue. The corporation attributes this to additional costs for the ongoing integration of the acquired Auth0 Inc. with Okta Inc.’s business.

Stock chart of Okta Inc.
Stock chart of Okta Inc.*

Top stocks with prominent dynamics in June

The leaders of stock price gains in June were Aurora Innovation Inc., Carvana Co., Joby Aviation Inc., Carnival Corporation, and Wayfair Inc. In most cases, these companies had individual reasons for the appreciation of their stocks.

On the other hand, NovoCure Limited, SentinelOne Inc., HashiCorp Inc., Smartsheet Inc., and Okta Inc. saw the biggest decline in their stocks last month. Out of the five companies, four belong to the technology sector. Their quotes were negatively affected by the overall trend of decreasing demand for corporate IT products and services, amid an environment of high inflation and rising interest rates in the US.

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