JPMorgan recommeds long Staples, short Office Depot pair trade JPMorgan believes Staples (SPLS) is positioned to win whether or not the merger with Office Depot (ODP) receives regulatory approval. Should the deal go through, the potential synergies are "substantial" and should drive higher estimates, JPMorgan says. Should it not, Staples' performance gap over Office Depot will only widen, the firm believes. The firm thinks a long Staples, short Office Depot trade can generate positive returns over time. It keeps a Neutral rating on both stocks.