Blue-Chip Boosted by Second-Quarter Results

No fewer than five analysts raised their price targets

Deputy Editor
Jul 21, 2020 at 11:17 AM
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The shares of blue-chip IBM (NYSE:IBM) are up 2.9% at $130.18 at last check, after the company reported a positive second-quarter report. The company's revenue and earnings both exceeded analyst expectations, after which, no fewer than five analysts hiked up their price targets -- including Citigroup to $140. Furthermore, the company announced a strategic partnership with Adobe (ADBE) and Red Hat, which focuses on data-driven marketing. 

Today's rise has IBM challenging pressure at the 320-day moving average. Above the $130 region for the first time since mid-June, the equity has added 10% over the past three months, and is eyeing its eighth straight close higher. 

IBM July 21

Analysts came into today hesitant on IBM, with four out of the 11 in coverage at a "strong buy" and the remaining seven at a "hold." Meanwhile, the 12-month consensus target price of $131.56 is slightly above current levels, making this morning's price-target hikes less of a surprise. 

Today's positive report is attracting options traders, with 67,000 calls and 37,000 puts across the tape so far -- 10 times the usual daily volume. Most popular is the weekly 7/24 130-strike call, expiring at the end of this week, where new positions are being opened.  

Options may not be a bad way to go at the moment, either, as IBM is seeing attractively priced premiums. The stock's Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) of 34% stands higher than 23% of all other readings in its annual range, implying that options players are pricing in relatively low volatility expectations at the moment. 



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