XOM Bearish Calendar Put Spread is Inexpensive at 58 Cents

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This XOM Calendar Put Spread Targets 364% Return

Bearish play with a target stock price of $114

Strategy has +364% upside potential and 23% undervalued

Strategy: Long XOM Calendar Put Spread
Sell 06-Oct-23 114 Put0.89
Buy 20-Oct-23 114 Put1.47

Exxon Mobil has seen its price drop -0.5% today to $117.08. Today's price action is showing weakness in both the stock and the overall market. Setting up this calendar spread with strikes at $114 gives you a bearish bias to tap into XOM stock's weakness.

Option Profit Calculator Results for XOM Calendar Spread at 06-Oct-23 Expiration

In this scenario, the optimal stock price for the option strategy would be $114.00 on the date of the first expiration, October 6, 2023. This is equal to the strike price of the options in the spread. Since there is notable downward pressure in both the market and XOM, and the strikes are below the current stock price of $117.12, the spread is taking advantage of the market's bearish bias. If the stock price is $114.00 at expiration, we can benefit from the 06-Oct-23 put, which we sold, expiring worthless, and the option that we are long, the 20-Oct-23 put, will still have time premium built in.

Since we do now know what the exact implied volatility will be on October 6, we can use our historical data to make an educated estimate to help us calculate the value of the 20-Oct-23 option. Applying the median historical implied volatility of 31.0 from similar options, the theoretical value of the put is 2.69 at the date of the 06-Oct-23 expiration. Using the above assumptions gives us a potential upside of +364% for this calendar spread.

XOM Calendar Spread Value vs. Market Price

According to Market Chameleon estimated value, XOM Calendar Spread is trading at a 23% discount to historical benchmark.

If we use historical data to measure how similar spreads in XOM were priced in the market, the 4-year average price was 0.75, with a high mark of 1.12 and a low of 0.37.

Currently, the calendar put spread is bid at 0.54 and offered at 0.58. The midpoint of the spread is 0.56.

If we use 0.75 as our historical fair value benchmark, the current market ask price is at a 23% discount, while the current market midpoint represents a 25% discount.

Current PriceHistorical Values of Similar Spreads
Market Chameleon captures daily records of market data to calculate historical benchmarks and generate estimated values.


The XOM calendar put spread we've identified here can be a good way to play a bearish outlook because the option strategy has a +364% upside potential, is 23% underpriced relative to historical measures, and will benefit from the stock price moving lower to $114.

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