Is Buying Stock Like Royal Dutch Shell Plc Good Idea After Today’s Bearish Options Activity?

 Is Buying Stock Like Royal Dutch Shell Plc Good Idea After Today's Bearish Options Activity?

In today’s session Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSB) recorded an unusually high (196) contracts volume of put trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the December, 2016 put, expecting serious RDSB decrease. With 196 contracts traded and 9274 open interest for the Dec, 16 contract, it seems this is a quite bearish bet. The option with symbol: RDSB161216P00052500 closed last at: $1.9 or 81% up. About 7.01M shares traded hands or 26.08% up from the average. Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSB) has risen 15.33% since May 3, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 10.10% the S&P500.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSB) Ratings Coverage

Out of 18 analysts covering Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSB), 14 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 4 “Hold”. This means 78% are positive. GBX 2850 is the highest target while GBX 1570 is the lowest. The GBX 2226.76 average target is 4.30% above today’s (GBX 2135) stock price. Royal Dutch Shell has been the topic of 95 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. The stock of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSB) earned “Overweight” rating by Barclays Capital on Tuesday, December 1. The stock has “Hold” rating given by Liberum Capital on Monday, October 31. The rating was maintained by HSBC on Tuesday, February 23 with “Buy”. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Overweight” on Monday, July 18. Liberum Capital upgraded Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSB) on Tuesday, February 2 to “Buy” rating. Liberum Capital maintained Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSB) rating on Wednesday, May 4. Liberum Capital has “Buy” rating and GBX 1758 price target. Barclays Capital maintained the stock with “Overweight” rating in Friday, July 29 report. The company was maintained on Thursday, September 3 by Nomura. Deutsche Bank maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, June 10 report. As per Thursday, May 5, the company rating was maintained by Beaufort Securities.

Royal Dutch Shell plc is an independent gas and oil company. The company has a market cap of 199.00 billion GBP. The Firm explores for natural gas and crude oil across the world, both in conventional fields and from sources, such as tight rock, shale and coal formations. It has a 42.85 P/E ratio. The Firm is engaged in the principal aspects of the gas and oil industry in approximately 70 countries.

RDSB Company Profile

Royal Dutch Shell plc (shell), incorporated on February 5, 2002, is an independent gas and oil company. The Firm explores for natural gas and crude oil across the world, both in conventional fields and from sources, such as tight rock, shale and coal formations. The Firm is engaged in the principal aspects of the gas and oil industry in approximately 70 countries. The Firm operates in three divisions: Upstream, Downstream and Corporate. The Company’s Upstream segment focuses on exploration for new natural gas and crude oil reserves and on developing new projects. In Downstream, the Company focuses on turning crude oil into a range of refined products, which are moved and marketed around the world for domestic, industrial and transport use. The Firm sells various products, which include gasoline, diesel, heating oil, aviation fuel, marine fuel, liquefied natural gas (LNG) for transport, lubricants, bitumen and sulfur. It also produces and sells ethanol from sugar cane in Brazil.

More recent Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSB) news were published by: Fool.com which released: “How Royal Dutch Shell plc Has Changed in the Past Three Years” on November 17, 2016. Also Seekingalpha.com published the news titled: “Royal Dutch Shell: More Signs Of Growth” on November 23, 2016. Bloomberg.com‘s news article titled: “Energy Giant Shell Says Oil Demand Could Peak in Just Five Years” with publication date: November 02, 2016 was also an interesting one.

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