Where Will Starbucks Go Next?

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With shares of Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) trading around $76, is SBUX 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

Starbucks is a roaster, marketer, and retailer of coffee operating worldwide. The company purchases and roasts the coffees it sells along with handcrafted tea and other beverages, as well as a variety of fresh food items through its stores. Starbucks sells a variety of coffee and tea products and licenses its trademarks through other channels such as stores and national food service accounts. In addition to its flagship Starbucks brand, the company’s portfolio features Tazo Tea, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Starbucks VIA Ready Brew, Starbucks Refreshers beverages, and the Verismo System by Starbucks. Starbucks has developed a solid reputation over the past several years, which has generated a lot of buzz for its products.

It’s understood that when customers go to Starbucks in the morning they want to get caffeinated, but did you know that some go to get carbonated, too? A recent report from Quartz reveals that the coffee giant has been secretly testing out a new market since last spring, one for “handcrafted sodas.” According to Quartz, Starbucks baristas in certain locations have been letting customers choose to carbonate juices, sodas, and a selection of coffee and tea beverages, and the company has been happy with the consumer feedback.

T = Technicals on the Stock Chart Are Mixed

Starbucks stock has been exploding to the upside in recent years. The stock is currently pulling back and may need time to consolidate before heading higher. 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, Starbucks is trading between its rising key averages, which signals neutral price action in the near term.

SBUX

Source: Thinkorswim

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

Implied Volatility (IV)

30-Day IV Percentile

90-Day IV Percentile

Starbucks options

25.99%

96%

93%

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

Put IV Skew

Call IV Skew

January Options

Average

Average

February Options

Average

Average

As of Tuesday, there is average demand from call and put buyers or sellers, all neutral over the next two months. To summarize, investors are buying a very significant amount of call and put option contracts and are leaning neutral 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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