SNOW Sees Flurry of Action From Analysts, Options Traders

Puts are running at six times what's typically seen at this point

Assistant Editor
Mar 4, 2021 at 10:23 AM
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Snowflake Inc (NYSE:SNOW) is being blasted with mixed analyst adjustments today, one day after the cloud data company reported slightly narrower-than-expected fourth-quarter losses per share and beat analysts' anticipated revenue. Most notably, Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to "buy" from "hold," with a price-target hike to $300 from $270. Morgan Stanley also chimed in with a bull note, upping its price objective to $270 from $265. However, no fewer than three other analysts cut their price targets, including Barclays to $270 from $295. 

At last check, the shares are down 2.5% to trade at $240.67. SNOW, which has been publicly traded since mid-September, has been moving lower since its December highs. With pressure at the $326-$327 region since the start of the year, the equity is currently down 15.8% year-to-date. The stock's 14-Day Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 32 -- on the cusp of "oversold" territory -- could also provide insight into today's bounce. 

There is plenty of space for analysts to join Deutsche Bank in a round of upgrades. Coming into today, 15 of the 22 analysts in coverage carried a "hold" or worse rating on Snowflake stock. Meanwhile, though shorts have been jumping ship, short interest still makes up an impressive 17.9% of the stock's available float. 

Options traders have been quick to the trade this morning as well. So far today, 11,000 calls and 11,000 puts have crossed the tape -- with puts running at six times what's typically seen at this point. Most popular is the weekly 3/05 240-strike put, where new positions are being opened. This means that there are quite a few traders betting on SNOW to move lower by the contract's expiration tomorrow. 

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