Baidu estimates lowered at Credit Suisse Credit Suisse expects Baidu to use the $1.5B proceeds from its debt raising for M&A and lowered estimates to account for increased costs and risks. The analyst believes Baidu may be targeting Kingsoft to hedge against Qihoo (QIHU) or UCweb for its mobile search. The firm reiterates its Underperform rating and lowered its price target to $80 from $82.
Baidu calls active amid renewed takeover speculation Baidu February weekly 210 and 212 calls are active on total call volume of 7K (1K puts) amid renewed takeover speculation. February weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, March is at 26, April is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.