Red Hat Sees Unusually Large Options Volume (RHT)
Shares of Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) saw some unusual options trading activity on Wednesday. Traders purchased 22,908 call options on the company, American Banking and Market News reports. This represents an increase of 813% compared to the typical volume of 2,508 call options.
A number of analysts have recently weighed in on RHT shares. Analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price target on shares of Red Hat from $40.00 to $46.00 in a research note on Friday, March 28th. Separately, analysts at Raymond James raised their price target on shares of Red Hat from $59.00 to $63.00 in a research note on Friday, March 28th. Finally, analysts at Robert W. Baird raised their price target on shares of Red Hat from $60.00 to $65.00 in a research note on Friday, March 28th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eighteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $62.46.
Shares of Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) traded up 1.28% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $53.10. 3,212,002 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Red Hat has a 52 week low of $41.89 and a 52 week high of $61.45. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $50.04 and its 200-day moving average is $53.53. The company has a market cap of $10.054 billion and a P/E ratio of 56.38.
Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, June 18th. The company reported $0.34 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $423.80 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $413.97 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.32 earnings per share. Red Hat’s revenue was up 16.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that Red Hat will post $1.55 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
Red Hat, Inc (NYSE:RHT) is a global provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to develop and offer operating system, middleware, virtualization, storage and cloud technologies.
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