Call Traders Flock to TWTR After Truist Upgrade

Options can be had for a bargain right now

Assistant Editor
Mar 29, 2021 at 10:29 AM
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The shares of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) are up 4.3% at $63.89 this morning, following an upgrade to "buy" from "hold" by Truist. The firm also hiked their price target to $74 from $64, citing higher revenue growth estimates and "the most exciting product roadmap" it has ever seen from the Big Tech staple. 

There's still plenty of room for more upgrades from the brokerage bunch. Of the 25 in coverage, nine rate TWTR a "strong buy," compared to 16 "hold" or worse ratings coming into today.

Twitter stock has taken a breather on the charts since scoring a Feb. 25 all-time high of $80.75, pulling back to its post-earnings bull gap level from Feb. 10. Despite the 17.5% monthly deficit, the shares are bouncing off their 80-day moving average today, a trendline that supported pullbacks in October and January, respectively. Longer term, TWTR sports a 145.2% year-over-year lead.

Today's options pits are overwhelmingly bullish, with calls outpacing puts at a rapid rate. Already, over 24,000 calls have crossed the tape, double what's typically seen at this point and nearly four times the amount of puts traded. Most popular by far is the 4/1 65-strike call, followed by the 64-strike call from the same series, with new positions being opened at both. 

Options can be had at a bargain right now, per the stock's Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) of 44% which stands higher than just 5% of readings in its annual range. This implies options players are pricing in low volatility expectations at the moment -- a boon for premium buyers.

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