Baidu (BIDU) Offering Possible 38.89% Return Over the Next 14 Calendar Days

Baidu's most recent trend suggests a bearish bias. One trading opportunity on Baidu is a Bear Call Spread using a strike $170.00 short call and a strike $175.00 long call offers a potential 38.89% return on risk over the next 14 calendar days. Maximum profit would be generated if the Bear Call Spread were to expire worthless, which would occur if the stock were below $170.00 by expiration. The full premium credit of $1.40 would be kept by the premium seller. The risk of $3.60 would be incurred if the stock rose above the $175.00 long call strike price.

The 5-day moving average is moving down which suggests that the short-term momentum for Baidu is bearish and the probability of a decline in share price is higher if the stock starts trending.

The 20-day moving average is moving down which suggests that the medium-term momentum for Baidu is bearish.

The RSI indicator is at 29.76 level which suggests that the stock is neither overbought nor oversold at this time.

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Investors Should Take Another Look at IQ Stock Before Q1 Earnings
Tue, 30 Apr 2019 11:10:07 +0000
When iQIYI, Inc. (NASDAQ: IQ) began 2019 trading at around $15, the stock faced one big macro headwind related to the U.S.-China trade wars. Fast forward to today and the market's worries over trade concerns all but disappeared. IQ stock has grown 40% in the meantime.Source: Shutterstock Investors have many China-based companies to pick from, including Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) and Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU). What are some of the reasons to consider iQIYI as an investment opportunity? Strong Fourth Quarter for IQ StockiQIYI is still nearly a month away from reporting results, scheduled for May 23 after market close. But in the fourth quarter, the company reported a solid 72% year-over-year subscriber growth. It now has 87.4 million subscribers.InvestorPlace – Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 A-Rated Stocks That Are Under $10 Within that, the membership business is driving much of the 76% revenue growth in the period. The company improved user stickiness and driving subscriber conversions by adding premium content.iQIYI added a number of popular theatrical movies to its platform. That also helped play an important role in driving subscription growth. Added by its joint membership program with (NASDAQ: JD), annual subscriptions came in steadily during the fourth quarter. Growth in AdvertisingiQIYI reported advertising revenue growing 9% year-on-year. By enhancing its advertising platform, the company sold vertical and interactive ads. This includes its first portrait mode short-form drama series, Ugh! Life!.Investors should expect the company creating more original content. This, in turn, will draw more advertisers. Over 50% of iQIYI's ad revenue was for original and licensed content.The company has two main categories of self-produced content. Variety shows are used mainly for advertising monetization. Drama series is geared towards driving membership. Here, the company does not emphasize the advertising business.Although the revenue stream can vary from quarter to quarter, revenue levels depend on the content. So long as the company releases one or two hit quality shows in the period, expect ad revenue growth in the double digits. Investing OpportunityiQIYI clearly demonstrated strong fourth-quarter results that suggest the upcoming quarter will please investors. While subscription grew, advertising improved and revenue was solid. But investors should notice that the company also burned through plenty of cash. In December 2018, the company sold convertible senior notes worth $750 million. This will diversify the company's financing options and investments.For the upcoming first quarter, iQIYI expects total revenue to be in the range of RMB6.8 billion to RMB7.1 billion. This represents an increase of 40% – 46% year-over-year. Cash Flow RisksiQIYI's cash flow growth could improve. Total cash flow is hurt by total content costs. As the company increases its percentage of original content, cash flow worsens because iQIYI needs to pay for all of the content. The medium to long-term benefit of this content purchase is that it could attract and retain more advertisers. Valuation and Target Price on IQ StockiQIYI has a manageable debt/equity of 0.47 times. The company is not expected to raise significant debt in the near-term. At a price/book of 6 times, the stock is inexpensive compared to, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) at 21 times. Conversely, its P/B is above that of Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) the firm that owns YouTube.On Wall Street, only two analysts cover IQ stock and have an average price target of $24. According to Tipranks, though, the stock did not get any ranking updates in nearly a month. The lack of coverage could explain the stock peaking at close to $30 in February and drifting down to the $23 range recently. Your TakeawayThe downtrend in IQ stock could end at any time. Valuations are not favorable even after the dip but the stock's strong subscription growth cannot be ignored.Original content purchases are paying off and attracting plenty of advertisers. Investors can be assured that revenue will continue to grow in the solid high double-digits.Disclosure: As of this writing, the author did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 7 A-Rated Stocks That Are Under $10 * 7 U.S. Shale Oil Stocks to Buy as Prices Rise * 10 Stocks to Sell Before They Give Back 2019 Gains * 10 Oversold Stocks to Run From Compare Brokers The post Investors Should Take Another Look at IQ Stock Before Q1 Earnings appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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