PYPL Plummets on Revenue Miss, Forecast

Options traders wasted no time targeting the stock this morning

Assistant Editor
Jul 30, 2021 at 9:17 AM
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The shares of PayPal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL) are down 6.2% to trade at $283.24 at last check, after the digital payment platform's second-quarter report. The company announced earnings of $1.15 per share, which is just higher than analysts' expected $1.12, along with slightly worse-than-expected revenue. In addition, PayPal provided a lower-than-expected current-quarter outlook, as eBay (EBAY) quickly moves to manage its own payments.

In response, no fewer than six analysts raised their price targets on PYPL, while two analysts threw in price-target cuts -- though their price objectives were still higher than those who hiked theirs. Analysts are overwhelmingly bullish on the equity, with 26 of the 27 analysts in coverage carrying a "buy" or better rating, and one a tepid "hold." 

On the charts, PayPal stock's highest rallies this year were rejected by the $310 level, home to its recent July 26 record high of $310.16. The security is gapping further from that high thanks to today's price action, though support at the 50-day moving average could contain the pullback.

Options traders are chiming in at full force fresh out of the gate this morning, with 31,000 calls and 19,000 puts across the tape already -- seven times the intraday average. The weekly 8/6 300-strike call is the most popular, where new positons are being opened. 

Furthermore, the security's Schaeffer's Volatility Scorecard (SVS) sits at a high 94 out of 100. This means PYPL has tended to exceed option traders' volatility expectations during the past year.

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