Why Nutanix Stock Jumped Today

By Evan Niu, CFAMarketsFool.com

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Shares of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) company Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX)jumped today, closing up 9% after a Wall Street analyst issued a bullish research note.

So what

William Blair analyst Jason Ader is reiterating his outperform rating on Nutanix, believing that current prices potentially represent meaningful upside with little downside risk, which the analyst considers a favorable risk/reward profile.

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Ader notes that channel partners are seeing increased categorial interest for HCI offerings, and Nutanix is still considered the category leader. There has been concern surrounding Dell, which is one of Nutanix's largest distributors, and Dell's expanding HCI presence due to its acquisition of EMC that closed late last year. The analyst believes that the partnership is stable.

Now what

Interestingly, there was also a bearish research note from Summit Redstone analyst Srini Nandury today, reiterating a sell rating and $14 price target. Nandury does not believe that Nutanix can sustain ongoing product investments to remain competitive with larger players. At the same time, those larger companies are the most logical potential suitors that could conceivably be interested in buying Nutanix to accelerate their own road maps. With larger rivals expanding into Nutanix's turf, the analyst does not believe there is a "natural buyer."

It seems that investors are paying more attention to the bullish note today.

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