Broadcom Stock Pacing for Third-Straight Loss Despite Loss Earnings Beat

The stock is just days off its latest record close

Assistant Editor
Dec 11, 2020 at 10:44 AM
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Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ:AVGO) is pacing for its third-consecutive loss, just three days removed from a Dec. 8 all-time high close of $423.41, despite posting a fiscal fourth-quarter earnings and revenue beat. Meanwhile, big C-suite changes, with a new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer being named, and the issuing of a cautious outlook are impacting the stock. At last check, AVGO is down 2.6% at $399.07. 

Meanwhile, a round of bull notes rolled in following earnings. No fewer than 12 brokerages hiked their price targets, including J.P. Morgan Securities, which lifted its estimate to a street high of $500 from $420. The consensus 12-month price target is now at $453.71, a 13% premium to current levels. Coming into today, 19 of those in coverage called AVGO a "buy" or better, while three called it a "hold."

Today marks the first time the equity is poised to close below the $405 level in a week. As we previously mentioned, AVGO failed its run up against a new high just a few sessions ago, and it's been an impressive run on the charts over the past few months, with long-term support from the ascending 80-day moving average. Even more impressive, Broadcom stock has tacked on 27.3% in 2020. 

Meanwhile, in the options pits, calls have been popular over the last two weeks. This is per AVGO's 10-day call/put volume ratio of 1.35 at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), which stands higher than 96% of readings in its annual range. This indicates a much healthier-than-usual appetite for long calls of late. Echoing this, short-term players haven't been more put-heavy. The stock's Schaeffer's open interest ratio (SOIR) of 1.60 sits in the 95th percentile of its annual range.

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