NAV, TSLA, CALA Stocks In The News Today

Shareholder Meeting Has Tesla In Focus Again

Managing Editor
Jun 7, 2017 at 10:58 AM
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U.S. stocks are cautiously higher today, after two straight down days. Among specific names on the move today are truck manufacturer Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV), Elon Musk's Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), and pharmaceutical company Calithera Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CALA). Here's a quick look at what's moving shares of NAV, TSLA, and CALA.

Lower Sales Cut Into Navistar Stock

Navistar is down 0.5% at $30.20 today, after posting a quarterly loss and confessing to its ninth consecutive quarter of declining revenue. Even with today's dip, the stock's performance year-over-year has been astounding -- NAV has roughly doubled in value over this time frame.

Despite the equity's recent rally, traders still seem bearish. Short interest accounts for 14.3% of the stock's float, or nearly 15 times NAV's average daily trading volume.

Shareholders Meeting, Model Y Have Tesla Stock in Focus

Tesla stock is up 1% to trade at $357.26 today, after shareholders voted to continue the three-year terms for the board led by CEO Elon Musk, and as traders eye the first preview of the Model Y. Tesla stock shot to a record high of $359.59 yesterday, and has jumped by 67% year-to-date.

Analysts and investors alike still seem skeptical, however. Eleven out of 15 analysts maintain a "hold" or "sell" rating, and TSLA sports a Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 1.42, with puts easily outnumbering calls among short-term options.  

FDA Fast Track Designation Boosts Calithera Stock

Calithera stock is 10% higher today, trading at $16.98, after CB-839 -- its treatment for renal cell carcinoma -- received a fast track designation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Today's pop continues a strong year for CALA stock, which is up 422% year-to-date. Earlier this morning, in fact, the stock hit a new two-year high of $17.50.

While Calithera options volume tends to be light on an absolute basis, the stock boasts a 10-day call/put volume ratio of 21.03. The options seem to be attractively priced as well, with CALA's Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) of 108% stands higher than just 18% of all other readings from the past year, implying that near-term option traders are pricing in relatively low volatility expectations.


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