Lockheed Martin Stock Pulls Back from Post-Earnings Pop

The weapons giant posted a beat-and-raise

Deputy Editor
Jul 18, 2023 at 10:51 AM
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Lockheed Martin Corp (NYSE:LMT) has pulled back from its early-morning gains, after the aerospace and defense giant posted better-than-expected second-quarter results and raised its full-year forecast due to strong demand for weapons. Trading flat at $470.00 at last glance, the stock was earlier as high as $479.50. 

LMT broke above pressure at its 100-day moving average just last session -- a trendline that could now serve as support. Year-to-date, the equity is still facing off with its year-to-date breakeven level.

So far in the options pits, 14,000 calls and 7,800 puts have been exchanged, which is already 3.9 times the average daily volume. The September 500 call is the most popular, followed by the September 450 put, with new positions being opened at both. 

This preference toward bullish bets is nothing new, according to the stock's 50-day call/put volume ratio of 7.03 at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), which ranks higher than 99% of readings in its annual range.

It's also worth noting that short interest represents 6.7% of the stock's available float. It would take nearly four days for shorts to cover their bets, at LMT's average pace of trading. 

 

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