A Short Squeeze Could Fuel This Cleaning Stock

An unwinding of bearish bets could trigger another CLX surge

Apr 15, 2020 at 1:38 PM
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Household cleaning company Clorox Co (NYSE:CLX) has been a high-profile name amid the coronavirus outbreak. CLX is up 20% in 2020, and more than 10% since the broad-market top on February 19. Despite this outperformance, there's still a great deal of skepticism to be unwound and keep the wind at the stock's back.

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For starters, the brokerage bunch skews bearish, with nine out of the 11 in coverage rating Clorox a "hold" or "strong sell." Plus, the consensus 12-month price target of $170 is a 7.7% discount to Thursday's closing perch.

A short squeeze could fuel additional gains. Short interest increased by 6.2% in the two most recent reporting periods to 9.24 million shares. This accounts for a healthy 7.4% of CLX's total available float, or almost seven days' worth of pent-up buying power, at the stock's average pace of trading.

In the options pits, Clorox sports a Schaeffer's open interest ratio (SOIR) of 2.02, which sits higher than all but 4% of readings from the past year, meaning short-term traders have rarely been more put-biased during the past 12 months. An unwinding of these bearish bets could trigger a move higher in CLX shares. Our recommended call has a leverage ratio of 6.7 and will double on a 15.3% rise in the underlying stock.

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