Options Traders Blast Surging SHAK After Bull Notes

Goldman Sachs called the security one of its last reopening plays

Assistant Editor
May 25, 2021 at 10:58 AM
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The shares of Shake Shack Inc (NYSE:SHAK) are surging this morning, up 8.7% to trade at $91.98 at last check, after the security earned a couple bull notes. Specifically, Wedbush upgraded the stock to "outperform" from "neutral," with a price-target hike to $118 from $114, while Goldman Sachs lifted its rating to "buy" from "neutral," and its price target to $109 from $107. The latter said there is plenty of room for a post-pandemic rebound, labeling SHAK as one of its last reopening plays. 

On the charts, SHAK is still recovering from its early-May, post-earnings bear gap to the $78 level. However, today's pop has the stock looking to close above its 200-day moving average, after it fell below it for the first time since August. Year-to-date, Shake Shack stock is up 8.7%. 

These upgrades could also be the start of a shift in sentiment, as coming into today 12 of the 16 analysts in coverage carried a tepid "hold" or worse rating. This leaves plenty of room for a round of bull notes, which would push the stock even higher.

Meanwhile, short interest makes up a whopping 13.1% of the security's available float. In other words, it would take over a week to buy back these bearish bets, at SHAK's average pace of trading. 

Over in the options pits, traders are targeting SHAK with fervor today. So far, 15,000 calls and 4,066 puts have crossed the tape, with overall volume running at 14 times what's typically seen at this point. The weekly 5/28 95-strike call is the most popular, followed by the 6/4 94-strike call, with new positions being opened at both. This shows plenty of options traders are betting on more upside for Shake Shack stock in the short-term. 

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