Price Target Alert: Trading the Zacks price target change for ECOLAB $ECL

The automated Quantcha Trade Ideas Service has detected a promising Long Iron Condor trade opportunity for ECOLAB (ECL) for the 19-Jan-2018 expiration period. You can analyze the opportunity in depth over at the Quantcha Options Search Engine.

ECL was recently trading at $132.22 and has an implied volatility of 13.50% for this period. Based on an analysis of the options available for ECL expiring on 19-Jan-2018, there is a 60.11% likelihood that the underlying will close within the analyzed range of $118.64-$145.00 at expiration. In this scenario, the average linear return for the trade would be 17.97%.

Price target: Zacks Research has updated their six-month price target for ECL to $131.82. This price target is a consensus price created from the price targets published by 11 participating analysts whose targets ranged from $118.00 to $142.00.

Mean recommendation: Zacks normalizes analyst recommendations to a 1-5 scale where 1 indicates a strong buy. Their mean recommendation for ECL has been updated to 1.93, which indicates a buy consensus from analysts. Sentiment has moved from 2.20 to 2.20 to 2.07 over the past three months.

Trade approach: The difference between the current price for ECL and the mean price target is $0.22, which represents a 0.30% move (0.62% annualized). Since the 180-day implied volatility for ECL is 14.22%, a neutral range-bound strategy could prove effective if the price target ultimately turns out to be accurate.

Upside potential: Using this neutral range-bound strategy, the trade would be profitable if ECOLAB closed in the range $118.45-$146.55 on 19-Jan-2018. Based on our analysis, there is a 63.05% likelihood of this return. The maximum return for this trade would be 18.34% if ECOLAB closed in the range $120.00-$145.00.

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

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This is an automated post generated based on a market analysis of delayed data at 5/31/2017 11:19:11 AM ET. The analysis does not include brokerage fees or commissions and is not investment advice.