JD Stock Struggles After Revenue Miss

JD's fourth-quarter outlook also fell short of estimates

Lillian Currens
Nov 19, 2018 at 11:46 AM
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JD.com Inc (NASDAQ:JD) stock is lower after the company stepped into the earnings confessional. Shares of JD are dangerously close to new lows, after the Chinese e-commerce giant missed the mark on third-quarter revenue. The company also forecast fourth-quarter sales growth below expectations. 

It has been a rocky year for JD stock, which reached a record high of $50.68 on Jan. 29, before losing over half of its market value. It has attempted to recover several times this month, but consistently found resistance at the 50-day trendline. JD is down 2.9% at $22.38, at last check, but earlier fell as low as $21.51 -- within striking distance of its Nov. 12 annual low of $21.46.

Analysts are split on the stock, with half still offering up "strong buy" opinions. As such, JD could be at risk for a round of downgrades. Plus, from its current perch, it would need to rally more than 50% in order to hit the average 12-month price target of $34.83.

Amid the slump, options traders have grown increasingly pessimistic, with JD sporting a 10-day put/call volume ratio of 0.49 on the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX). While this indicates that calls bought to open have nearly doubled puts in the past two weeks on an absolute basis, this ratio sits in the 75th percentile of its annual range, pointing to a much more bearish appetite than usual among the JD options crowd.


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