Options Traders Remain Bearish on Dropbox Stock After Earnings

The company's weak forecast is weighing on the stock

Deputy Editor
Feb 18, 2022 at 10:48 AM
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Dropbox Inc (NASDAQ:DBX) reported strong fourth-quarter results after the close yesterday, with earnings of 41 cents per share on revenue of $565.50 million, which beat Wall Street's estimates of 37 cents per share on $558.16 million. The results show revenue jumping 12% from a year ago. Plus, the board approved a repurchase of an additional $1.2 billion of its Class A common stock. At last glance, DBX is down 1.6% at $23.21, after its current-quarter guidance came in lower than expected. 

Dropbox stock has had a choppy couple months on the charts, and has been struggling to break past the $25.50 region. The 80-day moving average looms overhead as well, after helping reject the stock's most recent rally attempt. Year-to-date, the equity is down roughly 5%. 

Options bears have been targeting DBX at a heavier rate than usual at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX). The stock's 10-day put/call volume ratio of 1.09 stands higher than 97% of readings from the past year. 

Today, options traders are still leaning toward puts, with put volume pacing for the 99th percentile of its annual range. So far, 6,617 puts and 5,522 calls and have crossed the tape, which is six times the intraday average. The February 24 put is the most popular by far, followed by the February 25 call. These contracts are set to expire this evening. 

Meanwhile, short interest makes up 5.8% of the stock's available float. In other words, it would take over four days to buy back these bearish bets, at DBX's average pace of trading. 



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