Option Market Alert: Bel Fuse Inc Implied Price Swing Hits An Inflection Point

Bel Fuse Inc (NASDAQ:BELFB) Risk Hits An Inflection Point

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No Risk Alert Here: Before we dive into any analysis we simply note that Bel Fuse Inc (NASDAQ:BELFB) risk is neither elevated nor depressed. We'll detail it below -- but that's the lede -- the option market is in a holding period with an IV30 of 41.1% verus the IV30 of the S&P 500 at 8.97%. You might say that the post it note for Bel Fuse Inc would read, "holding pattern." The annual high for Bel Fuse Inc IV30 is 129.89%.

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This is a proprietary risk rating and risk alert system that looks forward for the next month -- or really 30 days to be exact -- and that includes weekends. The system is based on multiple interactions of data points, many of which come directly from the option market for Bel Fuse Inc (NASDAQ:BELFB) . The creator of this model is Capital Market Laboratories (

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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.

S&P 500 IV30     8.97%
Nasdaq 100 IV30     9.1%
XLK IV30     9.68%

BELFB HV 30     35.89%
BELFB Current IV30     41.1%
52 Week Low IV30     22.44%
52 Week High IV30     129.89%

The implied price swing risk as reflected by the option market has hit an inflection point relative to the company's past. The option market reflects a 95% confidence interval stock price range of ($22.80, $27.60) within the next 30 calendar days.

The IV30® is the implied price swing 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 41.1%, which is an inflection point 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 17% percentile right now. Here's a table of the data before we dig into the implied price swing risk rating further.

Current IV30    
Low IV30    
High IV30   
41.1% 22.4% 129.9%

The implied stock swing risk from the option market is significantly tighter in the next 30 calendar days for Bel Fuse Inc (NASDAQ:BELFB) than it has been on average for the year.
Further, if we look backwards, the stock has a realized 30-day historical volatility, called the HV30, of 35.89%.

We have an unusual situation now where the IV30 is substantially depressed relative to the past, but even with that risk pricing, the option market reflects the likelihood of more stock movement in the next 30-days than it has in the last 30-days. Let's turn to a chart to see what's going on.
Note how much higher the forward looking stock swing price risk for Bel Fuse Inc is priced (41.1%) compared to what happened just in the last 30-days (35.9%).

Bel Fuse Inc Risk Rating
The BELFB risk rating is at 3, where the rating goes from one (the lowest risk) to five (the highest risk). The driving factors for the 3 rating are:

The IV30 is below the 20th percentile.
The IV30 is above 40%.
The HV30 is below the annual average.
The IV30 is above the HV30.
The stock has moved -13.0% over the last 3-months which does indicate some elevated risk.