$RDFN Upgrade sparks a short term rally in Redfin
Not many investors were expecting NASDAQ:RDFN to receive any upgrades for quite a while considering the price action post earnings , but today John Campbell from Stephens upgraded the stock to Overweight from Underweight and a $23 price target. The stock has a high short interest which contributed to the 7.48% gain today, despite this we believe it will be a short lived bounce as the volume today was not that convincing. If the market becomes weak once again RDFN will soon be able to fill the gap created below.
AVERAGE ANALYSTS PRICE TARGET $21.38
AVERAGE ANALYSTS RECOMMENDATION HOLD
SHORT INTEREST 22.43%
ANALYSTS UPGRADE COMMENTS
"We are upgrading RDFN to Overweight from Underweight and raising our price target to $23 (up from $18). We have come to better appreciate RDFN's market position/strategy and a handful of its newer offerings," Campbell said.
"We also believe that the Company is beginning to lay the groundwork for a more e-commerce type offering (Redfin Direct, Redfin Now, packaged ancillary services, etc.). In addition, we see a very favorable NT set up as the stock has dropped into a more enticing valuation/buying window, many of its top markets are in the process of recovering from a tough 2H18 fallout and we see improved operating results moving forward, starting with impressive 2Q19 results. Lastly, we believe that RDFN has the type of model that can thrive in today's real estate ecosystem or one that is dramatically altered (ex. lower commission rates, limited buyer's agent involvement, etc.), " the analyst added.
Redfin Corp. is a technology-powered residential real estate brokerage, which engages in buying and selling homes. It operates through the following segments: Real Estate, Properties and Other. The Real Estate segment revenue is derived from commissions and fees charged on real estate services transactions. The Properties segment revenue is earned when the Company sells homes that it previously bought directly from homeowners. The Other segment revenue includes fees earned from mortgage banking services, title settlement services, Walk Score data services and advertising. The company was founded by David Selinger, David Eraker, and Michael Dougherty in 2004 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA.