Parker-Hannifin Stock Positioned For Push Higher

Options traders and analysts are skeptical of Parker-Hannifin Corp (PH) shares

Feb 14, 2017 at 1:46 PM
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Parker-Hannifin Corp (NYSE:PH) hit a record high as recently as Feb. 2, after the industrial firm reported upbeat earnings and raised its full-year guidance. Simply put, the shares have been sensational, advancing 7% year-to-date, and 55% year-over-year.

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That hasn't stopped options traders from betting bearishly. PH's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) sits at an annual high of 3.80, signaling an extreme preference for short-term puts over calls. An unwinding among option bears could create tailwinds.

Moreover, the stock could benefit from upgrades, as 50% of covering analysts maintain tepid "hold" ratings. In terms of short interest, these bearish bets have soared 90% since the U.S. presidential election, and most are underwater. As short sellers head for cover, PH could see a burst of buying power.

Right now is an opportune time to place short-term option bets on the shares. PH's Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) of 20% ranks below 88% of all readings from the past year, hinting at muted volatility expectations. Meanwhile, our recommended call option sports a leverage ratio of 7.1, and will double in value on a 14% gain in the underlying shares.

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