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Price Target Alert: Trading the Zacks price target change for INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINE

The automated Quantcha Trade Ideas Service has detected a promising Bear Call Spread trade opportunity for INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINE (IBM) for the 20-Oct-2017 expiration period. You can analyze the opportunity in depth over at the Quantcha Options Search Engine.

IBM was recently trading at $179.88 and has an implied volatility of 16.57% for this period. Based on an analysis of the options available for IBM expiring on 20-Oct-2017, there is a 42.13% likelihood that the underlying will close within the analyzed range of $148.22-$181.16 at expiration. In this scenario, the average linear return for the trade would be 75.91%.

Price target: Zacks Research has updated their six-month price target for IBM to $164.69. This price target is a consensus price created from the price targets published by 16 participating analysts whose targets ranged from $125.00 to $200.00.

Mean recommendation: Zacks normalizes analyst recommendations to a 1-5 scale where 1 indicates a strong buy. Their mean recommendation for IBM has been updated to 2.82, which indicates a hold consensus from analysts. Sentiment has moved from 2.82 to 2.71 to 2.71 over the past three months.

Trade approach: The difference between the current price for IBM and the mean price target is $14.38, which represents a 8.45% move (17.87% annualized). Since the 180-day implied volatility for IBM is 18.56%, a bearish strategy could prove effective if the price target ultimately turns out to be accurate.

Upside potential: Using this bearish strategy, the trade would be profitable if INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINE closed at or below $181.80 on 20-Oct-2017. Based on our analysis, there is a 53.99% 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 2/28/2017 12:19:06 PM ET. The analysis does not include brokerage fees or commissions and is not investment advice.