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Synthetic Long Discount Alert: CENTURYLINK $CTL trading at a 12.06% discount for the 17-Jan-2020 expiration

The automated Quantcha Trade Ideas Service has detected a promising Synthetic Long Stock trade opportunity for CENTURYLINK (CTL) for the 17-Jan-2020 expiration period. You can analyze the opportunity in depth over at the Quantcha Options Search Engine.

CTL was recently trading at $17.28 and has an implied volatility of 23.81% for this period. Based on an analysis of the options available for CTL expiring on 17-Jan-2020, there is a 68.27% likelihood that the underlying will close within the analyzed range of $9.64-$32.90 at expiration. In this scenario, the average linear return for the trade would be 59.52%.

Upside potential: This synthetic long position offers the same potential benefits and liabilities as a long stock position, but at a discount due to the significant premium at-the-money puts are trading at over calls. In this case, the long call position is opened at a strike of $17.00, which is already $0.28 in the money. An out-of-the-money put at the same strike is sold to finance the call, resulting in a net credit of $1.80 per share. The final position can be considered as having a discount of $2.08 per share over the underlying price of $17.28 for a 12.04% total.

Downside risk: This discount is generally a sign of the stock facing considerable short pressure, and may indicate that the stock has become hard to borrow. However, if you have a long view of the underlying over this period, it could be a good opportunity to benefit from the upside at a major discount.

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 1/2/2018 11:16:40 AM ET. The analysis does not include brokerage fees or commissions and is not investment advice.