Twilio Stock Breaks Out to Retest Prior Highs

Twilio Inc. (TWLO) shares rose more than 20% after the company posted better-than-expected third quarter financial results. Revenue rose 68% to $168.9 million, beating consensus estimates by $17.28 million, and earnings per share of seven cents beat consensus estimates by five cents per share. Gross margins, operating margins and active customers also surpassed analyst expectations during the quarter.

While Twilio shares have fallen since the company agreed to acquire SendGrid, Inc. (SEND) for about $2 billion, the stock has substantially recouped those losses during Wednesday's session. SendGrid also reported strong earnings of its own during the third quarter, which has helped justify the transaction to skeptical shareholders. SendGrid did not provide any guidance, however, due to the pending acquisition.

Technical chart showing the performance of Twilio Inc. (TWLO) stock

From a technical standpoint, Twilio stock rebounded from trendline and S1 support near $62.50 after closing a gap higher in early August to retest prior highs and R1 resistance at $87.70. The relative strength index (RSI) moved closer to overbought levels at 64.49, but the moving average convergence divergence (MACD) experienced a bullish crossover earlier this month and points to an ongoing trend higher over the coming sessions.

Traders should watch for a breakout from prior highs, trendline and R1 resistance levels at $87.70 to R2 resistance at $100.19 over the coming sessions – although there could be some consolidation before that happens. If the stock fails to break out, traders could see a move lower to retest the 50-day moving average at $78.02 or lower trendline support at $65.00, although that scenario appears less likely at the moment.

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