|Bid||0.00 x 800|
|Ask||0.00 x 800|
|Day's Range||135.10 - 139.99|
|52 Week Range||82.00 - 151.18|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||1.13|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||10.86|
|Earnings Date||Feb 25, 2021 - Mar 01, 2021|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||167.80|
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd have each held separate talks with Baidu Inc to acquire a controlling stake in video streaming service iQIYI Inc, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Another Chinese tech giant, TikTok owner ByteDance has also internally looked at the possibility of acquiring a controlling stake in iQIYI, three sources said.
Baidu Inc's (NASDAQ: BIDU) ad business appears to be in a gradual recovery mode, driven by a higher proportion of in-app sales, according to BofA Securities.The Baidu Analyst: Eddie Leung maintained a Buy rating on Baidu and raised the price target from $175 to $195.The Baidu Thesis: Although travel, online finance and property ads remain under pressure, there has been a rebound in ad spending in the health care, education, auto, lifestyle and software industries, Leung said in a note.The Mobile Baidu app, which now accounts for more than 50% of ad sales, is a driver of core sales growth "thanks to double-digit traffic growth and more video ads that lift the average eCPM," the analyst said. "New initiatives are still in an investment stage. Cloud and AD (autonomous driving) are adding use cases such as bank clients and gov't initiatives in smart transportation and robot taxis," he said. BofA raised the earnings estimate for 2020 from $36.50 per share to $67.83 per share to reflect higher gains and margins, and the estimates for 2021 and 2022 from $52.85 per share to $60.11 per share and from $56.85 per share to $65.96 per share, respectively, to reflect streaming sales and ad recovery.BIDU Price Action: Shares of Baidu were down 2.08% at $133.28 at last check Monday. Latest Ratings for BIDU DateFirmActionFromTo Nov 2020KeyBancMaintainsOverweight Nov 2020BarclaysUpgradesEqual-WeightOverweight Oct 2020KeyBancMaintainsOverweight View More Analyst Ratings for BIDU View the Latest Analyst RatingsSee more from Benzinga * Click here for options trades from Benzinga * KeyBanc Upgrades Cleveland-Cliffs On Opportunities Ahead * Spirit AeroSystems Analyst Turns Bullish, Sees 'Broader Aerospace Recovery'(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) shares experienced unusual options activity on Monday. The stock price moved down to $133.65 following the option alert. * Sentiment: BEARISH * Option Type: TRADE * Trade Type: CALL * Expiration Date: 2020-12-31 * Strike Price: $140.00 * Volume: 545 * Open Interest: 33Three Ways Options Activity Is 'Unusual'One way options market activity can be considered unusual is when volume is exceptionally higher than its historical average. The volume of options activity refers to the number of contracts traded over a given time period. The number of unsettled contracts that have been traded, but not yet closed, is called open interest. These contracts are not yet closed because a buyer has not purchased the contract, or a seller has not sold it.Another indicator of unusual options activity is the trading of a contract with an expiration date in the distant future. Additional time until a contract expires generally increases the potential for it to grow its time value and reach its strike price. It is important to consider time value because it represents the difference between the strike price and the value of the underlying asset."Out of the money" contracts are unusual because they are purchased with a strike price far from the underlying asset price. "Out of the money" occurs when the underlying price is under the strike price on a call option, or above the strike price on a put option. Buyers and sellers try to take advantage of a large profit margin in these instances because they are expecting the value of the underlying asset to change dramatically in the future.Understanding Sentiment Options are "bullish" when a call is purchased at/near ask price or a put is sold at/near bid price. Options are "bearish" when a call is sold at/near bid price or a put is bought at/near ask price.These observations are made without knowing the investor's true intent by purchasing these options contracts. The activity is suggestive of these strategies, but an observer cannot be sure if a bettor is playing the contract outright or if the options bettor is hedging a large underlying position in common stock. For the latter case, bullish options activity may be less meaningful than the exposure a large investor has on their short position in common stock.Trading Options With These Strategies Unusual options activity is an advantageous strategy that may greatly reward an investor if they are highly skilled, but for the less experienced trader, it should remain as another tool to make an educated investment decision while taking other observations into account.For more information to understand options alerts, visit https://pro.benzinga.help/en/articles/1769505-how-do-i-understand-options-alertsSee more from Benzinga * Click here for options trades from Benzinga * Recap: Baidu Q3 Earnings * A Look Into Baidu's Price Over Earnings(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.