Bears Hope Offering News Shreds Shake Shack Inc (SHAK)

Shake Shack Inc (SHAK) is pointed lower, after the burger joint announced a 26-million-share secondary offering

by Alex Eppstein

Published on Oct 8, 2015 at 9:27 AM

Shake Shack Inc (NYSE:SHAK) is pointed 7% lower ahead of the open, after the company announced a secondary offering of 26 million shares. This is just the latest setback for the underperforming stock, something bears -- inside and outside of the options pits -- have picked up on.

Last night, SHACK closed at $48.48. In other words, since hitting a record high of $96.75 in late May, the shares have surrendered nearly half their value. Recent breakout attempts have been contained at the round $50 level -- also home to the stock's 20- and 40-day moving averages, hinting at multiple layers of technical resistance just overhead.

As alluded to, this hasn't been lost on Wall Street. At the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), SHACK has amassed a 10-day put/call volume ratio of 1.05 -- up from 0.84 two weeks ago. In other words, the rate of put buying (relative to call buying) has accelerated.

Elsewhere, short interest represents a staggering 79.4% of SHACK's float, after increasing 17.3% during the latest reporting period. At the equity's typical trading volume, it would take one week to cover this accumulation of bearish bets.

Analysts, too, have piled on the bearish bandwagon. Of the seven analysts tracking Shake Shack Inc (NYSE:SHAK), not a single one considers it worthy of a "buy" rating. If that's not enough, the restaurant stock's consensus 12-month price target of $45.60 rests below its current perch.

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