Sonos Stock Brushes Off Bear Notes After Revenue Win

The stock still carries a more than 31% year-to-date deficit

Digital Content Manager
May 12, 2022 at 10:19 AM
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Sonos Inc (NASDAQ:SONO) is surging today, despite the company's fiscal second-quarter earnings of 6 cents per share missing estimates by one cent, after its revenue of $399.78 million beat analysts' estimates to mark a roughly 20% year-over-year jump. The audio product maker said it maintained "sustainable, profitable growth despite the ongoing, industry-wide supply constraints and rising cost pressures.”

Last seen up 8.2% at $20.57, the security is also unfazed by a round of bear notes. In fact, three analysts have already slashed their price targets on SONO, with the lowest coming from Stifel to $24 from $34. Analysts are generally optimistic towards the stock, however, with four of the six in question calling it a "buy" or better, while the 12-month consensus target price of $34.71 is a 74.3% premium to current levels.

While short sellers have been hitting the exits, there is still plenty of pessimism left to be unwound. Short interest fell 12.6% over the last two reporting periods, yet the 15 million shares sold short make up 11.9% of the stock's available float, or close to one week's worth of pent-up buying power.

Sonos stock is today bouncing back from yesterday's annual low of $18.92, though the 20-day moving average is still pressuring shares lower. The $31 level has also acted as a ceiling for the security over the last several months, keeping a lid on SONO between December and January, before rejecting its late-March rally. Year-to-date, the stock is down 31.7%.

While calls are still outnumbering puts on an overall basis, the stock's 10-day put/call volume ratio at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) sits higher than 95% of readings from the past year. In other words, there's been a healthier-than-usual appetite for puts of late. 

That penchant for puts is still on display today. So far, 3,227 puts have been exchanged, which is five times what is typically seen at this point, compared to 2,627 calls. Most popular is the 5/13 22-strike call, followed closely by the 15-strike put in the same weekly series.


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