Synthetic Long Discount Alert: ICAHN ENTERPRISES $IEP trading at a 10.34% discount for the 18-Dec-2020 expiration

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Quantchabot has detected a promising Synthetic Long Stock trade opportunity for ICAHN ENTERPRISES (IEP) for the 18-Dec-2020 expiration period. You can analyze the opportunity in depth over at the Quantcha Options Search Engine.

IEP was recently trading at $49.52 and has an implied volatility of 43.44% for this period. Based on an analysis of the options available for IEP expiring on 18-Dec-2020, there is a 68.27% likelihood that the underlying will close within the analyzed range of $35.17-$70.55 at expiration. In this scenario, the average linear return for the trade would be 45.73%.

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 $50.00, which is already $0.48 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 $5.60 per share. The final position can be considered as having a discount of $5.12 per share over the underlying price of $49.52 for a 10.34% 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.

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