Semiconductor Stock Brushes Off Mixed Analyst Sentiment

The security is trading at its highest level since September

Digital Content Manager
Feb 1, 2023 at 11:07 AM
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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) is up 6.3% at $79.87 at last check, after the chipmaker reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings and revenue. At least five analysts have raised their price targets, including Benchmark to $93. Meanwhile, Craig Hallum downgraded AMD to "hold" from "buy," while three others cut their price objectives, with Mizuho lowering it to $90 from $95.

Overall options volume is running at four times the usual intraday volume, with 245,000 calls and 135,000 puts exchanged so far today. Most popular is the weekly 2/3 80-strike call, followed by the 82-strike call in that series, with new positions being opened at both. 

This preference for bullish bets marks a sentiment shift. The is per the equity's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) 1.00, which stands higher than 86% of annual readings, indicating short-term options traders have rarely been more put biased.

Furthermore, the security's Schaeffer's Volatility Scorecard (SVS) sits at a high 90 out of 100, meaning AMD has exceeded option traders' volatility expectations over the past year.

Advanced Micro Devices stock is today trading at its highest level since mid-September, while looking to overcome a long-term ceiling at the $80 level, after bouncing off a recent floor at the $72 region. In the last three months, AMD Has added 36.3%.

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