Facebook Inc (FB) Dips on Short Seller's 'Pokemon Go' Tweet

Facebook Inc (FB) is taking a dip after a Citron Research tweet, but the stock could find support

Jul 13, 2016 at 3:06 PM
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Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is down 1% at $116.78, after short seller Citron Research tweeted the social media company "could be the ultimate Pokemon loser." Nintendo's "Pokemon Go" has taken the world by storm, and as of yesterday attracted nearly 21 million active daily U.S. users -- more than Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), and making it the biggest mobile game in U.S. history, per SurveyMonkey. However, FB shares could find support on the charts -- and a mass exodus of option bears could also help the stock resume its quest for record highs.


FB has been creeping higher since mid-2013, ushered into the black atop its 10-month moving average, which has ascended into the $111 area. The stock just touched an all-time high of $121.08 in early May, and has advanced nearly 30% in the past year.

Despite the stock's long-term upward momentum, not everyone has boarded the bullish bandwagon. While analysts are starting to come around, option buyers have picked up FB puts over calls at a faster-than-usual clip during the past 10 weeks. The equity's 50-day put/call volume ratio of 0.64 on the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) is higher than 95% of all other readings from the past year. An unwinding of pessimism in the options pits could help FB extend its journey higher.

While some of the aforementioned Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) puts may have been bought by shareholders looking to lock in gains, one thing is clear: now is an opportune time to scoop up FB's short-term options. The equity's Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) of 30% is higher than just 35% of all other readings from the past year, pointing to historically low volatility expectations at the moment.

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