Volatility surges on Home Inns and Hotels (HMIN) as traders think about selling the (good?) news in tomorrow's earnings report

08/08/2012 2:15 pm EST

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Jim Jubak

Founder and Editor, JubakPicks.com

Home Inns and Hotels Management (HMIN) reports second quarter earnings tomorrow, August 9, after the market close. (Home Inns and Hotels Management is a member of my Jubak’s Picks portfolio http://jubakpicks.com/  )

Can you say “volatility”?

The New York-traded ADRs (American Depositary Receipts) of the Chinese company are down 4.7% today as of 1:10.

Yesterday, August 7, they were up 6.5%.

From the July 24 low of $16.86 through yesterday’s close the ADRs were up 36.6%. That’s in two weeks.

The Wall Street consensus is that the operator of the China’s largest group of budget hotels will report earnings of 31 cents a share. That would be a 19.2% increase from the second quarter of 2011 and would mark a huge improvement on the loss of 9 cents a share that the company reported in the first quarter.

I think the huge surge in the last two weeks was a bet that the company will meet or exceed those expectations. After all, even with the loss last quarter, the company reported 66% revenue growth year over year and beat Wall Street projections for revenue by a little more than 12%.

After a surge of 37% in two weeks, it wouldn’t surprise me if the stock sold off after the earnings report on anything less than a miraculous beat. I think the drop today is an early indication of trader inclinations to do just that. If the company does report as expected and if the ADRs fall on that news, I would look to be a buyer here. The ADRs offer good exposure to the domestic Chinese consumer market and that’s the part of the Chinese economy I’d like to own over the next six months or longer.

Full disclosure: I don’t own shares of any of the companies mentioned in this post in my personal portfolio. The mutual fund I manage, Jubak Global Equity Fund http://jubakfund.com/ , may or may not now own positions in any stock mentioned in this post. The fund did own shares of Home Inns and Hotels Management as of the end of March. For a full list of the stocks in the fund as of the end of March see the fund’s portfolio at http://jubakfund.com/about-the-fund/holdings/

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