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Option Market: Bel Fuse Inc Risk Hits A Lowered Level




Bel Fuse Inc (NASDAQ:BELFB) Risk Hits A Lowered Level

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PREFACE
We're going to look at a proprietary risk rating for the next 30-days built by Capital Market Laboratories (CMLviz) based on a large number of interactions of data points, many of which come directly from the option market for Bel Fuse Inc (NASDAQ:BELFB) .


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But first, let's turn back to BELFB and the company's risk rating:

We also take a peek at the implied vol for the Technology ETF (XLK), our broad based proxy for BELFB.





SNAPSHOT SUMMARY
S&P 500 IV30     9.79%
Nasdaq 100 IV30     10.48%
XLK IV30     11.53%

BELFB HV 30     37.98%
BELFB Current IV30     37.73%
52 Week Low IV30     22.44%
52 Week High IV30     129.89%


The risk as reflected by the option market has hit a lowered level relative to the company's past. The option market reflects a 95% confidence interval stock price range of ($27.30, $32.50) within the next 30 calendar days.

While the option market risk rating is on the low side, we note that companies in this situation are still susceptible to sudden stock move risk, it's simply the probability of that large stock move is depressed. Buyers of options and volatility may find these prices more attractive than at other times.

BELFB OPTION MARKET RISK
The IV30® is the risk reflected by the option market in the stock price for the next 30 calendar days -- it's forward looking. Bel Fuse Inc shows an IV30 of 37.7%, which is a lowered level for the company relative to its past.

The option market for BELFB has shown an IV30 annual low of 22.4% and an annual high of 129.9%, meaning that BELFB is at the 14% percentile right now. Here's a table of the data before we dig into the risk rating further.

BELFB
Current IV30    
BELFB
Low IV30    
BELFB
High IV30   
37.7% 22.4% 129.9%

The option market reflects substanially less risk in the next 30 calendar days for Bel Fuse Inc (NASDAQ:BELFB) than on average.
Further, if we look backwards, the stock has a realized 30-day historical volatility, called the HV30, of 37.98%.




We have a situation now where the IV30 is substantially depressed relative to the past resulting in a risk pricing of less stock movement in the next 30-days than the stock has see in the last 30-days. Let's turn to a chart to see what's going on.
 
Note how similar the forward risk for Bel Fuse Inc is priced (37.7%) compared to what happened just in the last 30-days (38.0%).

Bel Fuse Inc Risk Rating
The BELFB risk rating is at 2.5, where the rating goes from one (the lowest risk) to five (the highest risk). The driving factors for the 2.5 rating are:

The IV30 is below the 20th percentile.
The HV30 is above the annual average.
The stock has moved just +3.8% over the last 3-months which does indicate some depressed risk.