Micron Stock Climbs on Potential Facility Sale

At least one firm responded with a bull note

Deputy Editor
Mar 17, 2021 at 10:13 AM
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Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) is struggling for direction this morning, after the company announced plans to sell its Utah chip factory that manufactures its 3D Xpoint memory chip, which Micron developed jointly with Intel (INTC) nearly a decade ago. As a result, MU was last seen up 1.2% to trade at $92.56.

On the charts, the equity is recently removed from a March 1 peak of $95.75 -- its highest level in over 20 years. Meanwhile, the 40-day moving average has caught pullbacks since September, and could act as potential support going forward. Longer term, Micron Technology stock is up 144.6% year-over-year.

Citigroup just raised its price target on MU to $130 from $116, too. Coming into today, the majority of analysts were bullish, with 17 calling the stock a "buy" or better, compared to four "hold" ratings. Plus, the 12-month consensus price target of $108.12 stands at a 17.8% premium to current levels. 

Options players have been incredibly bullish, too. At the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), MU sports a 50-day call/put volume ratio of 4.58, which stands higher than 95% of other annual readings. This means these traders haven't been more bullish during the past 12 months. 

Now looks like a good time to weigh in on Micron Technology stock's next move with options. The equity's Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) of 50% stands higher than just 16% 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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