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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) reported blowout quarterly results on April 25, sending shares higher by over 26% since then. The better than expected results have been applauded by analysts, who have been aggressively upping their earnings and revenue forecast for the coming quarter and the full year. Additionally, analysts have started raising their price targets on the stock for the first time since early February, and now see the stock rising by 12.2% to an average price target of $13.80. Options traders are also betting shares of AMD rise as well, with some even betting the stock rises by nearly 26% by expiration on October 19. (For more, see also: AMD Could Be Poised to Breakout Higher.)
AMD reported better than expected earnings of $0.11 per share, nearly 25.7% better than the forecast. Additionally, the company beat on revenue by over 5%, reporting $1.647 billion.
Because of the better than expected results, analysts have been upping their estimates for the second quarter. Earnings estimates have climbed by 38% over the past month, and now analysts see earnings of $0.13 per share. Meanwhile, revenue forecasts have also been upped by 9% to $1.717 billion. Even more, they upped full-year estimates by nearly 22% to $0.45 per share, and revenue by 6% to $6.681 billion.
The average price target on the stock has also been adjusted higher, rising by 1% to $13.80 since the end of April. The adjustment higher is minor, but more important is a shift in the trend. Analysts had been cutting their price target on the stock since early February, through late April, from $14.70 to $13.67—a decline of 7%. (For more, see also: AMD versus Intel: Is AMD Catching Up?)
The ratings on the stock are relatively neutral but have improved as well. As of January 31, of the 30 analysts covering the stock, 30% rated shares a "buy" or an "outperform." As of May 14, of the 31 analysts covering the stock, 39% now rate the shares as a "buy" or an "outperform."
Bullish Options Bets
Some options traders are betting shares continue rising to as high as $15.60, using the options set for expiration on October 19. The $15 strike price has nearly 49,000 open call contracts and have a cost of about $0.60 per contract. Therefore, the strike price would need to rise to $15.60 to break even. The open call contracts at the $15 strike price have a dollar value of about $3.1 million.
The recent strength of the quarterly results has sent shares of AMD soaring and appears to have changed the outlook for the stock.
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