Software Stock's Pullback Looks Like a Buy Opportunity

The equity is ripe for analyst upgrades, too

Oct 28, 2020 at 11:19 AM
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Software giant Zscaler Inc (NASDAQ:ZS) has far from struggled over the long term. From a technical view, the equity boasts a 214% year-to-date lead, and is now trading at more than nine times its initial public offering (IPO) price of $16. However, the shares have recently pulled back, making now an opportune time to buy calls.

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Meanwhile, shorts look to be in covering mode on the equity. Specifically, short interest fell 4.5% during the last two reporting periods, and now accounts for more than 10% of the stock’s total available float. Even further, there looks to be room for upgrades, with seven covering brokerages firms sporting a tepid "hold."

Turning toward options, this bearish sentiment is echoed. This is per ZS’ Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 1.09, which stands higher 64% of readings from the past year. In other words, short-term option traders have rarely been more put-biased.

Lastly, now looks like an affordable time bet on Zscaler stock with options. This is per the stock's Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) of 48%, which sits higher than just 10% of all other annual readings. What’s more, ZS’ Schaeffer's Volatility Scorecard (SVS) ranks at a high 78 out of 100, meaning the security has tended to exceed these expectations during the past year -- a boon for premium buyers. Our recommended call has a leverage ratio of 4.9 and will double in value on a 21.1% rise in the underlying equity.

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