Analysts Jump on Rallying Cybersecurity Stock

RPD stock has more than doubled during the past 12 months

Aug 7, 2018 at 9:38 AM
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After a strong performance in 2017 and a hot start to 2018, Rapid7 Inc (NASDAQ:RPD) had been experiencing choppy price action since May, though it managed to record an all-time high of $33.92 on June 14. Today, RPD shares are rallying again, after the Boston-based cybersecurity company's second-quarter results were met with a round of bullish attention from Wall Street.

Rapid7 last evening reported better-than-expected revenue for the period and also a smaller-than-anticipated quarterly loss, with CEO Corey Thomas citing new customer growth and a shift toward recurring revenue. The company also raised its outlook for the rest of 2018.

In response, a string of price-target hikes have come through from analysts. The highest of the bunch seems to have come from Stifel, which set the bar at $42. Expectations from this group were already high on RPD stock, as 10 of the 13 brokerages tracking the shares had "buy" or "strong buy" ratings coming into today.

Options activity, meanwhile, has been extremely quiet on the small-cap stock, which had a market cap of $1.4 billion as of this morning. Data from the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) shows just 262 calls bought to open during the past 10 days, compared to three puts. The largest increase in open interest during this time frame occurred at the February 2019 35-strike call.

So far today, the shares have added 14.5% to trade at $34.24, on track for its best day ever and taking out their previous record high. Their year-over-year lead now stands at above 100%, and with today's move the security has retaken the 80-day moving average, a former level of support.

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