'Slowdown' Warning Sends Wynn Resorts Stock Reeling

WYNN options traders may be kicking rocks today

by Andrea Kramer

Published on Nov 8, 2018 at 10:22 AM

The shares of Wynn Resorts Ltd. (NASDAQ:WYNN) are getting destroyed this morning, after the casino concern reported disappointing third-quarter earnings. In addition, CEO Matthew Maddox said the company has seen a "slowdown" after Golden Week in Macau. At last check, WYNN stock was down 14.3% to trade at $97.72.

Since the stock's May highs north of $200, it's lost more than 50% of its value, with rebound attempts stalling at the 30-day moving average. WYNN shares are now getting close to their Oct. 29 annual low of $92.50. Historically, however, today's slump isn't much of a surprise, as Wynn Resorts has been among the worst S&P 500 stocks to own in the month of November.

As a result, no fewer than six analysts have slashed their price targets on WYNN, including to $114 from $170 at Jefferies. More analysts could weigh in on the shares, as seven of 12 brokerage firms maintain "strong buy" opinions, leaving the door open for potential downgrades. Additional price-target cuts could also be in store, as the consensus 12-month target of $138.63 represents a roughly 40% premium to the equity's current price.

Recent option buyers are likely kicking rocks today. The stock's 10-day call/put volume ratio on the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) stands at 2.33 -- in the 76th percentile of its annual range. That means traders were buying to open Wynn calls over puts at a faster-than-usual clip in the past two weeks.

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