NUAN's Impressive Climb Shows No Signs of Slowing

NUAN is primed for a "short squeeze" situation, too

Oct 14, 2020 at 10:15 AM
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Since September 2019, computer software concern Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN) had been steadily climbing up the charts, before the COVID-19 pandemic took its hit on the market. Nevertheless, the stock remains up roughly 94% year-to-date. That being said, now looks like an opportune time to bet on NUAN's next leg higher.

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Tailwinds could come from a shift in analyst attention. NUAN's 12-month consensus price target of $34.86 is roughly a 1% discount to the stock's current perch, which may spur some price-target hikes moving forward and ultimately push NUAN even higher.

A short squeeze could create additional upside for the equity as well. Short interest spiked to a multi-year high of 16.1% in the most recent reporting period, and the 19.93 million shares sold make up about 7% of the stock's available float. At the security's average pace of trading, it would take more than a week to buy back these bearish bets; ample amounts of buying power that can hit the market and fuel an unwind.

The amount of pessimism in the options pits could also give the security a boost, should it begin to unwind. This is per NUAN's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 1.21, which sits in the 98th percentile of its annual range -- meaning short-term options traders have rarely been more put-biased.

What's more, options traders are pricing in relatively low volatility expectations at the moment, per the stock's Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) of 37%, which sits higher than just 28% of all other annual readings. Plus, NUAN's Schaeffer's Volatility Scorecard (SVS) ranks at a high 96 out of 100, meaning the equity has tended to exceed these expectations during the past year.

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