Quantchabot has detected a promising Synthetic Long Stock trade opportunity for MFA FINANCIAL (MFA) for the 19-Jan-2024 expiration period. You can analyze the opportunity in depth over at the Quantcha Options Search Engine.
MFA was recently trading at $10.92 and has an implied volatility of 47.97% for this period. Based on an analysis of the options available for MFA expiring on 19-Jan-2024, there is a 68.28% likelihood that the underlying will close within the analyzed range of $6.27-$21.09 at expiration. In this scenario, the average linear return for the trade would be 70.04%.
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 $10.00, which is already $0.92 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 $0.25 per share. The final position can be considered as having a discount of $1.17 per share over the underlying price of $10.92 for a 10.75% 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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