Stock Traders Purchase High Volume of Baidu Call Options (NASDAQ:BIDU)

Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDUGet Free Report) was the target of unusually large options trading on Wednesday. Stock traders purchased 38,696 call options on the stock. This is an increase of 71% compared to the average daily volume of 22,657 call options.

Wall Street Analyst Weigh In

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on BIDU. TheStreet raised Baidu from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Morgan Stanley upgraded shares of Baidu from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and upped their target price for the company from $160.00 to $190.00 in a report on Tuesday, June 20th. Mizuho reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $170.00 target price on shares of Baidu in a research report on Wednesday, August 23rd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upped their price objective on shares of Baidu from $190.00 to $200.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, August 25th. Finally, Loop Capital cut their target price on Baidu from $215.00 to $190.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, sixteen have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. According to MarketBeat, the company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $187.06.

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Baidu Stock Up 3.1 %

Shares of NASDAQ:BIDU opened at $145.08 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $50.13 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.71, a PEG ratio of 0.33 and a beta of 0.71. Baidu has a fifty-two week low of $73.58 and a fifty-two week high of $160.88. The firm’s 50-day simple moving average is $142.03 and its 200-day simple moving average is $137.98. The company has a quick ratio of 2.84, a current ratio of 2.84 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25.

Institutional Investors Weigh In On Baidu

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. E Fund Management Hong Kong Co. Ltd. boosted its position in shares of Baidu by 134.8% during the 1st quarter. E Fund Management Hong Kong Co. Ltd. now owns 162,243 shares of the information services provider’s stock worth $21,586,000 after purchasing an additional 93,158 shares in the last quarter. Natixis Advisors L.P. acquired a new stake in shares of Baidu in the first quarter valued at about $1,343,000. Cibc World Market Inc. boosted its holdings in Baidu by 25.8% during the first quarter. Cibc World Market Inc. now owns 5,499 shares of the information services provider’s stock worth $728,000 after buying an additional 1,127 shares in the last quarter. Ergoteles LLC acquired a new position in Baidu during the first quarter worth about $5,593,000. Finally, Mackenzie Financial Corp increased its holdings in Baidu by 9.0% in the first quarter. Mackenzie Financial Corp now owns 139,904 shares of the information services provider’s stock valued at $18,509,000 after buying an additional 11,518 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 21.22% of the company’s stock.

Baidu Company Profile

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Baidu, Inc offers internet search services in China. It operates through Baidu Core and iQIYI segments. The company offers Baidu App to access search, feed, and other services using mobile devices; Baidu Search to access its search and other services; Baidu Feed that provides users with personalized timeline based on their demographics and interests; Baidu Health that helps users to find the doctor and hospital for healthcare needs; and Haokan, a short video app.

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