Shares of 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWOU) fell 18.6% in the month of September, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The online education provider cooled off after the stock had run up over the first eight months of the year, like much of the technology sector. 2U did recently sell shares to the public, but that was back in August after a strong second quarter earnings report.
Additionally, the company may have suffered from some guilt-by-association after another online education rival came under scrutiny by a short-seller.
In the second week of September, online education rival K12 (NYSE:LRN) fell after the Miami-Dade schools district cut ties with K12 after trying it out. Short-selling firm Safkhet Capital applauded the decision and called K12 an “education vulture.”
The heightened scrutiny of K12 might have affected how investors view the risk of other companies in