This QQQ Calendar Call Spread Could Pay 3.8 to 1
Bullish play with a target stock price of $318
Strategy has +382% upside potential and 14% undervalued
|Strategy: QQQ Calendar Call Spread|
|Sell 17-Mar-23 318 Call||3.17|
|Buy 31-Mar-23 318 Call||4.21|
Option Profit Calculator Results for QQQ Calendar Spread at 17-Mar-23 Expiration
In this scenario, the optimal stock price for the option strategy would be $318.00 on the date of the first expiration, March 17, 2023. This is equal to the strike price of the options in the spread. Since both QQQ and the market are showing upward pressure, and the strikes are above the current stock price of $300.85, the spread is taking advantage of this bullish momentum. If the stock price is $318.00 at expiration, we can benefit from the 17-Mar-23 call, which we sold, expiring worthless, and the option that we are long, the 31-Mar-23 call, will still have time premium built in.
Since we do now know what the exact implied volatility will be on March 17, we can use our historical data to make an educated estimate to help us calculate the value of the 31-Mar-23 option. Applying the median historical implied volatility of 19.3 from similar options, the theoretical value of the call is 5.01 at the date of the 17-Mar-23 expiration. Using the above assumptions gives us a potential upside of +382% for this calendar spread.
QQQ Calendar Spread Value vs. Market Price
According to Market Chameleon estimated value, QQQ Calendar Spread is trading at a 14% discount to historical benchmark.
If we use historical data to measure how similar spreads in QQQ were priced in the market, the 4-year average price was 1.21, with a high mark of 2.06 and a low of 0.55.
Currently, the calendar call spread is bid at 0.90 and offered at 1.04. The midpoint of the spread is 0.97.
If we use 1.21 as our historical fair value benchmark, the current market ask price is at a 14% discount, while the current market midpoint represents a 20% discount.
|Current Price||Historical Values of Similar Spreads|
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