Baidu downgraded at Morgan Stanley As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded Baidu to Equal Weight from Overweight. The firm downgraded shares due to lower than expected margins due to increased investments. Price target cut to $179.50 from $185.40. Note that Stifel upgraded shares to Buy today.
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.