IBM Stock Tops the Dow After Strong Earnings

Analysts have remained mostly bearish on the stock

Deputy Editor
Oct 26, 2023 at 3:11 PM
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IBM (NYSE:IBM) is at the top of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) today, after the blue-chip tech giant reported strong third-quarter earnings and revenue after the close yesterday. Up 5.3% to trade at $144.35 at last glance, IBM is breaking above several notable moving averages, including its 80-day trendline. Today's jump also has the equity entering positive territory for 2023. 

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So far, 36,000 calls and 32,000 puts have been exchanged, which is three times the average daily volume. The November 145 call is the most active contract, followed by the weekly 10/27 140-strike put, with new positions currently being opened at the latter. 

Analysts are relatively quiet after IBM's results, with only two price-target adjustments. RBC Capital lowered its price objective to $179 from $188, while BMO Capital raised its price target by $3 to $155. Overall, the brokerage bunch is pessimistic toward the stock. Of the 10 analysts in coverage, seven carry a "hold" or worse rating, while the 12-month consensus price target of $145.21 is just a slim premium to current levels. 


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