Option Market Alert: First Bancorp Implied Price Swing Hits An Inflection Point

First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP) Risk Hits An Inflection Point

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No Risk Alert Here: Before we dive into any analysis we simply note that First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP) 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 44.19% verus the IV30 of the S&P 500 at 10.39%. You might say that the post it note for First Bancorp would read, "holding pattern." The annual high for First Bancorp IV30 is 83.22%.

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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 First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP) . The creator of this model is Capital Market Laboratories (

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

We also take a peek at the implied vol for the Financials ETF (XLF), our broad based proxy for FBP.

S&P 500 IV30     10.39%
Nasdaq 100 IV30     11.61%
XLF IV30     17.27%

FBP HV 30     33.83%
FBP Current IV30     44.19%
52 Week Low IV30     38.36%
52 Week High IV30     83.22%

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 ($5.10, $6.20) 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. First Bancorp shows an IV30 of 44.2%, which is an inflection point for the company relative to its past.

The option market for FBP has shown an IV30 annual low of 38.4% and an annual high of 83.2%, meaning that FBP is at the 13% 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   
44.2% 38.4% 83.2%

The implied stock swing risk from the option market is significantly tighter in the next 30 calendar days for First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP) 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 33.83%.

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 First Bancorp is priced (44.2%) compared to what happened just in the last 30-days (33.8%).

First Bancorp Risk Rating
The FBP 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 20th percentile.
The IV30 is above the HV30.
The stock has moved -17.1% over the last 3-months which does indicate some elevated risk.