Snap is sliding after its 2nd downgrade in a week (SNAP)
Snap is falling in early trading Friday after receiving their second downgrade this week. Shares are off 1.91% at $15.39 apiece after Cowen's John Blackledge became the latest Wall Street analyst to lower his outlook on the name.
Blackledge downgraded Snap from a buy to a neutral and lowered his price target from $21 to $17. The downgrade is a result of Blackledge's worries over user growth and strong competition, according to CNBC. Instagram is a worry of many investors, as it has a larger user base and the backing of its huge parent company Facebook.
The downgrade is the second in a week for Snap. Morgan Stanley, one of Snap's IPO underwriters, lowered its outlook in an embarrassing admission of over-optimism. The bank cut its price target by 46% to $16 while downgrading the name.
Not everyone is pessimistic about Snap's future, however. Some investors are starting to Snap's low price as an attractive entry point, with shares down 37.49% since its IPO. Barclays believes investors are too worried about the expiration of Snap's lockup period, which will release around 950 million new shares for trading over the next month.
Additionally, Stifel thinks investors just don't understand the app. The bank compared Snap to Twitter, saying Snap was what investors wished Twitter could be: a company with a strong, loyal user base in a desirable demographic and a strong and growing ad platform.