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Amazon.com Inc Price Volatility Hits A Tumbling Low




Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) Price Volatility Hits A Tumbling Low

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PREFACE
This is a proprietary realized volatility rating created by Capital Market Laboratories (CMLviz) based on a large number of data interactions for Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) . We examine the little used gem of daily stock volatility over a 20-day and 30-day trading period, as well as comparisons to the last year and the actual stock returns over the last three- and six-months and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indices.

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But before that, let's turn back to AMZN. This is a four step process for computing the realized volatility risk. Here we go.

AMZN Recent Price Volatility


Rating
Price volatility using proprietary measures has hit an extreme low level.

Note
Even though Amazon.com Inc is a legitimate large cap, just the fact that it is a technology company makes AMZN susceptible to elevated risk due to issues surrounding unrest in the European Union and patent fights as well as an unending need to drive innovation forward through proper research and development. Here is a rolling annual volatility chart of the biotech index (IBB) versus the Nasdaq 100 and the S&P 500. Note how elevated the technology sector volatility is (the yellow curve) relative to the S&P 500.



While stocks with AMZN's profile see a short-term quiet period, this is also one of those times when a shake out volatility move could be on the horizon. To that point, we do note that AMZN is showing unusally low volatility in the last month relative to its past. Let's take a deep dive into some institutional level volatility measures for Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) .

Amazon.com Inc Stock Performance
AMZN is up +14.7% over the last three months and up +9.9% over the last six months. The stock price is up +47.1% over the last year. The current stock price is $849.22.

AMZN Step 1: Stock Returns
The one-year stock return does not impact the volatility rating since we are looking at a shorter time horizon. However, the rating does examine the 3-month returns and the absolute difference between the 3-month and 6-month returns.

  The 3-month stock return of +14.7% has a small impact on the price volatility rating for AMZN.
  The small difference between the 3-month and 6-month stock returns does not impact the price volatility rating for AMZN.

AMZN Step 2: Daily Price Volatility Level
The HV30® takes the stock's day to day historical volatility over the last 30-days and then annualizes it. The HV20 looks back over just 20-days -- a shorter time period. Here is the breakdown for Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) and how the day-by-day price historical volatilities have impacted the rating:

  The HV20 of 16.8% is quite low and has a substantial downward impact on AMZN's volatility rating.


AMZN Step 3: Amazon.com Inc HV20 Compared to Indices
* The HV20 for AMZN is substantially larger than that for both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ 100 which raises the volatility rating.

* The HV20 for AMZN is substantially larger than that for the Technology ETF (XLK) which raises the volatility rating.

Here is summary data in tabular and chart format.

           AMZN
           HV20    
   S&P 500
HV20
   NASDAQ 100
HV20   
   XLK
HV20   
           16.8%    6.86%    5.83%    6.74%

AMZN Step 4: Daily Volatility Percentiles and Highs

We also examine the annual high of the HV30 in our rating.
  The 52 week high in HV30 for AMZN is 53.0%, which is just high enough to have a small impact on the price volatility rating.

Here is summary data in tabular and chart format.

           AMZN
           HV20    
   AMZN
HV30
   AMZN
HV30 High   
           16.8%    15.6%    53.0%

Final Price Volatility Percentile Level: AMZN
The final evolution of the volatility rating for Amazon.com Inc is a comparison of the HV30 value relative to its past, which is neatly summarized in the percentile -- a scoring mechanism that goes from a low of 1 to a high of 100.

  The HV30 percentile for Amazon.com Inc is 11%, which means the stock has seen very low volatility in its price movement relative to its own past and that has a dampening impact on the price volatility rating.

Amazon.com Inc Realized Volatility Percentiles