Call Traders Crowd Redfin Stock Ahead of Earnings

RDFN is down 15% year-to-date

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Redfin Corporation (NASDAQ:RDFN) is a technology-powered real estate broker, home-buyer, lender, title insurer, and renovations company based in the United States. RDFN runs one the country's top real-estate brokerage sites. Redfin serves more than 95 markets across the U.S. and Canada and employs over 4,100 people. This afternoon, RDFN was last seen trading up 3.1% at $59.11.

Redfin stock has increased about 31% in price year-over-year and RDFN is up 54% since bottoming at a 52-week low of $37.31 last November. However, shares of RDFN have fallen 13% year-to-date and are down 39% since reaching a record high of $98.44 in February.

On Aug. 3, Redfin launched RedfinNow in Chicago, which allows home sellers to request a cash offer and sell to RedfinNow directly, without fixing up their homes or dealing with the hassle of showings and open houses.

On top of a new product announcement, RDFN is also slated to release second quarter of 2021 financial results after the market closes tomorrow. Redfin has outperformed Wall Street's earnings expectations on three of its last four quarterly earnings reports released. Now, Wall Street anticipates that Redfin will increase earnings quarter-over-quarter for Q2, but remain in negative territory.

Specifically, for Q2 of 2020, RDFN beat analyst estimates by a margin of $0.15 and reported an earnings per share (EPS) of -$0.08. For Q3 of 2020, Redfin's EPS popped into positive territory at $0.30 and beat expectations by a margin of $0.05. For Q4 of 2020, RDFN posted a decrease in earnings, dropping down to $0.11 per share, but still beating estimates by a margin of $0.07. For the first quarter of 2021, Redfin reported an EPS drop all the way down to -$0.37 and missed expectations by a slight margin of $0.03.

Overall, Redfin demonstrates strong potential as a growth company. At $936 million, the real estate company's trailing 12-month revenues are just short of hitting the $1 billion mark.

Meanwhile, in the options pits, calls are popular. At the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), the equity's 10-day call/put volume ratio of 4.26 sits higher than 78% of readings from the past year. In other words, calls are getting picked up at a faster-than-usual pace.


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