Is Kellogg a Buy Here?

With shares of Kellogg (NYSE:K) trading around $64, is K an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

Kellogg is engaged in the manufacture and marketing of ready-to-eat cereal and convenience foods. Kellogg’s principal products are cereals, cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, cereal bars, fruit-flavored snacks, frozen waffles and veggie foods.  It also markets under other brands such as: Keebler, Cheez-It, Murray, Austin, and Famous Amos, to supermarkets in the United States. The company’s cereal products are generally marketed under the Kellogg’s name and are sold principally through direct sales forces for resale to consumers. As of this year, their products were manufactured in 17 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries. Convenience food continues to see increased demand so a company like Kellogg that can provide these products at affordable prices across the globe stands to make significant profits.

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T = Technicals on the Stock Chart are Strong

Kellogg stock has seen an explosive run over the last few months that has taken it to all-time highs. The stock is now pulling back a bit but seems to have stabilized. Analyzing the price trend and its strength can be done using key simple moving averages. What are the key moving averages? The 50-day (pink), 100-day (blue), and 200-day (yellow) simple moving averages. As seen in the daily price chart below, Kellogg is trading around its rising key averages which signal neutral to bullish price action in the near-term.

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(Source: Thinkorswim)

Taking a look at the implied volatility (red) and implied volatility skew levels of Kellogg options may help determine if investors are bullish, neutral, or bearish.

Implied Volatility (IV)

30-Day IV Percentile

90-Day IV Percentile

Kellogg Options

17.08%

63%

61%

What does this mean? This means that investors or traders are buying a significant amount of call and put options contracts, as compared to the last 30 and 90 trading days.

Put IV Skew

Call IV Skew

July Options

Flat

Average

August Options

Flat

Average

As of today, there is an average demand from call buyers or sellers and low demand by put buyers or high demand by put sellers, all neutral to bullish over the next two months. To summarize, investors are buying a significant amount of call and put option contracts and are leaning neutral to bullish over the next two months.

On the next page, let’s take a look at the earnings and revenue growth rates and the conclusion.

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