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Synthetic Long Discount Alert: SEARS HOLDINGS $SHLD trading at a 26.62% discount for the 18-Jan-2019 expiration

The automated Quantcha Trade Ideas Service has detected a promising Synthetic Long Stock trade opportunity for SEARS HOLDINGS (SHLD) for the 18-Jan-2019 expiration period. You can analyze the opportunity in depth over at the Quantcha Options Search Engine.

SHLD was recently trading at $5.00 and has an implied volatility of 37.49% for this period. Based on an analysis of the options available for SHLD expiring on 18-Jan-2019, there is a 68.27% likelihood that the underlying will close within the analyzed range of $1.61-$16.31 at expiration. In this scenario, the average linear return for the trade would be 94.48%.

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 put position is opened at a strike of $5.00, which is already $0.00 in-the-money. However, its sale more than offsets this moneyness and the cost of the long call that the trade results in a net credit of of $1.32 per share. The final position can be considered as having a discount of $1.32 per share over the underlying price of $5.00 for a 26.40% 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 11/8/2017 9:59:41 AM ET. The analysis does not include brokerage fees or commissions and is not investment advice.