Short-Term Call Traders Swarm Cloudflare Stock Before Earnings

Why NET may still be packing additional downside risk

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Cloudflare, Inc. (NYSE:NET) is a global cloud services provider that delivers a broad range of services to businesses of all sizes and in all geographies. NET’s portfolio of products protect and accelerate any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. This afternoon, NET was last seen trading up an impressive 6% at $102.34.

Furthermore, on Jan. 6, Cloudflare announced that the senior leadership team will report fourth-quarter earnings after the market closes on Thursday, Feb. 10. In their most recent quarter, NET reported breakeven results. Wall Street analysts anticipate another month of hitting breakeven for the cloud services company.

Cloudflare stock gained 14.52% on Monday, January 31, finishing the last trading day of January at $96.40. In addition, NET's share price has increased about 26% year-over-year and the stock has added around 68% since bottoming at $60.96 last March.

In addition, Cloudflare holds a decent balance sheet with $1.81 billion in cash and $1.25 billion in total debt, giving the company a bit of leeway in terms of reaching profitability. Nonetheless, Cloudflare stock’s valuation continues to be rich, with NET trading at an extremely high price-sales ratio of 41.89, potentially leaving room for it to fall significantly further in the short term.

Short interest has been on the rise, too. During the most recent reporting period, short interest added 12.9%, and now accounts for 5% of the stock's total available float. At the equity's after pace of trading, it would take shorts nearly three days to buy back their bearish bets.

Lastly, short-term options traders have rarely been more call-biased. This is per NET's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 0.43, which stands higher than just 1% of readings from the past year. 


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