Conagra Brands Stock Brushes Off Upbeat Q3 Results

The company attributed the win to elevated demand during the pandemic

Deputy Editor
Apr 8, 2021 at 9:34 AM
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The shares of Conagra Brands Inc (NYSE:CAG) are down 3.4% at $35.99 at last check, following the company's fiscal third-quarter earnings report. The packaged food name behind Birds Eye, Healthy Choice, and Slim Jim, reported earnings of 59 cents per share -- a penny above Wall Street's estimates -- alongside a revenue beat. Conagra chalked this win up to elevated demand during the pandemic.

After bursting above pressure at the $35 level in early March, CAG quickly rose to a March 30 peak of $38.98 -- its highest level in nearly a year. However, the stock has since pulled back, finding a floor at the $37 region, which coincides with former pressure and its year-to-date breakeven. Year-over-year, Conagra stock sports a 22.3% lead.

In the options pits, the security's 50-day put/call volume ratio of 1.30 at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) sits higher than all but 1% of readings in its annual range. In other words, puts are being picked up at a faster-than-usual rate. 

Lastly, it's worth pointing out that Conagra stock ranks low on the Schaeffer's Volatility Scorecard (SVS), with a score of just 13 out of 100. In other words, the security has consistently realized lower volatility than its options have priced in, making CAG a potential premium-selling candidate.


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