Synthetic Long Discount Alert: PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES $PXD trading at a 17.72% discount for the 19-Jan-2024 expiration

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Quantchabot has detected a promising Synthetic Long Stock trade opportunity for PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES (PXD) for the 19-Jan-2024 expiration period. You can analyze the opportunity in depth over at the Quantcha Options Search Engine.

PXD was recently trading at $178.66 and has an implied volatility of 44.55% for this period. Based on an analysis of the options available for PXD expiring on 19-Jan-2024, there is a 68.27% likelihood that the underlying will close within the analyzed range of $88.90-$329.24 at expiration. In this scenario, the average linear return for the trade would be 58.31%.

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 $170.00, which is already $8.66 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 $23.00 per share. The final position can be considered as having a discount of $31.66 per share over the underlying price of $178.66 for a 17.72% 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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