Option Market Alert Nordstrom Inc Implied Price Swing Hits An Inflection Point

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

Nordstrom Inc (NYSE:JWN) Risk Hits An Inflection Point

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No Risk Alert Here: Before we dive into any analysis we simply note that Nordstrom Inc (NYSE:JWN) 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 43.96% verus the IV30 of the S&P 500 at 11.15%. You might say that the post it note for Nordstrom Inc would read, "holding pattern." The annual high for Nordstrom Inc IV30 is 55.61%.

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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 Nordstrom Inc (NYSE:JWN) . The creator of this model is Capital Market Laboratories (CMLviz.com).

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

We also take a peek at the implied vol for the Consumer Staples ETF (XLP), our broad based proxy for JWN.

S&P 500 IV30     11.15%
Nasdaq 100 IV30     12.44%
XLP IV30     10.98%

JWN HV 30     32.34%
JWN Current IV30     43.96%
52 Week Low IV30     26.84%
52 Week High IV30     55.61%

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 ($42.80, $52.30) 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. Nordstrom Inc shows an IV30 of 44.0%, which is an inflection point for the company relative to its past.

The option market for JWN has shown an IV30 annual low of 26.8% and an annual high of 55.6%, meaning that JWN is at the 60% 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   
44.0% 26.8% 55.6%

The implied stock swing risk from the option market reflects a wider range in the next 30 calendar days for Nordstrom Inc (NYSE:JWN) than it has on on average.
Further, if we look backwards, the stock has a realized 30-day historical volatility, called the HV30, of 32.34%.

We have a situation now where not only is the IV30 elevated relative to the past, but the option market reflects the likelihood of yet 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 Nordstrom Inc is priced (44.0%) compared to what happened just in the last 30-days (32.3%).

Nordstrom Inc Risk Rating
The JWN 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 above the annual average.
The IV30 is above 40%.
The HV30 is below the annual average.
The IV30 is above the HV30.