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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc Risk Points versus Health Care




Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ALXN) Risk Points versus Health Care (XLV)

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PREFACE
This is a scatter plot analysis of the critical risk points from the option market for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ALXN) compared to its own past and the Health Care ETF. In order to examine the forward looking risk for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ALXN) the next 30-days, we must look to the option market.

Now, before we dive into the analysis on ALXN, we make one critical note since we're talking about options:



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But that's at the end, now let's jump back into the risk point charting and number crunching for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ALXN) . We start by noting that ALXN is in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector which means along with some other industries we also compare the company to the closest match we could find, which was the Health Care ETF (XLV) as a proxy for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

We have highlighted the IV30® for XLV and for ALXN in the table below.


SNAPSHOT SUMMARY
CONTEXT: THE INDICES
S&P 500 (SPY) IV30     11.15%
Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) IV30     12.44%
Health Care ETF (XLV) IV30     11.89%
Biotech (IBB) IV30     18.5%


Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ALXN)
ALXN 52 Week Low IV30     29.31%
ALXN Current IV30     37.84%
ALXN 52 Week High IV30     73.6%

ALXN Current HV30     21.19%

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc Implied Risk Scatter Plot
(a new risk chart, built for option traders)



Scatter Plot Risk Legend
The blue point is the current 30-day implied volatility for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
The black point is the current 30-day implied volatility for the Health Care ETF (XLV).
The red point is the 52 week low in IV30® for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
The green point is the 52 week high in IV30® for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

The various other scatter plot points in the middle give us risk context outside of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector.

The IV30® is the risk reflected by the option market in the stock price for the next 30 calendar days.

* We can see that the risk as reflected by the option market for the next 30-days for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc is above all the indices we have charted including the Health Care ETF (XLV).

* We can further see that the current IV30 for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc of 37.84% is closer to the annual low of 29.31% than the annual high of 73.6%. Simply stated, this means that the option market is pricing less risk than the average over the past year.

* For some context, we note that the annual range in IV30® for the Health Care ETF is between [10.43%, 23.51%] while Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc has had a range of [29.31%, 73.6%].

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A New Kind of Risk Point Chart
This is chart was developed for the trader. It allows us to easily see where the forward looking risk for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ALXN) lies relative to the last year, and the various major stock groupings and the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical sector without using time series data, which can confuse the information.