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Price Target Alert: Trading the Zacks price target change for MERCK

The automated Quantcha Trade Ideas Service has detected a promising Bull Call Spread trade opportunity for MERCK (MRK) for the 20-Apr-2018 expiration period. You can analyze the opportunity in depth over at the Quantcha Options Search Engine.

MRK was recently trading at $62.42 and has an implied volatility of 14.20% for this period. Based on an analysis of the options available for MRK expiring on 20-Apr-2018, there is a 39.14% likelihood that the underlying will close within the analyzed range of $62.42-$75.53 at expiration. In this scenario, the average linear return for the trade would be 56.18%.

Price target: Zacks Research has updated their six-month price target for MRK to $68.67. This price target is a consensus price created from the price targets published by 12 participating analysts whose targets ranged from $52.00 to $73.00.

Mean recommendation: Zacks normalizes analyst recommendations to a 1-5 scale where 1 indicates a strong buy. Their mean recommendation for MRK has been updated to 1.73, which indicates a buy consensus from analysts. Sentiment has moved from 1.73 to 1.73 to 1.73 over the past three months.

Trade approach: The difference between the current price for MRK and the mean price target is $7.58, which represents a 10.01% move (21.34% annualized). Since the 180-day implied volatility for MRK is 15.94%, a bullish strategy could prove effective if the price target ultimately turns out to be accurate.

Upside potential: Using this bullish strategy, the trade would be profitable if MERCK closed at or above $61.60 on 20-Apr-2018. Based on our analysis, there is a 50.65% likelihood of this return.

Downside risk: As with any options trade, there is a substantial downside risk where you may lose most or all of your investment.

To analyze this trade in depth, please visit the Quantcha Options Search Engine.

This is an automated post generated based on a market analysis of delayed data at 8/23/2017 9:37:05 AM ET. The analysis does not include brokerage fees or commissions and is not investment advice.