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Risk Malaise Alert in Option Market: American States Water Company Implied Price Swing Hits A Depressed Level




American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR) Risk Hits A Depressed Level

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Risk Malaise Alert -- Not How You Might Think:
Before we dive into any analysis we simply note that American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR) risk is actually priced pretty low by the option market as of right now. We'll detail it below -- but that's the lede -- the option market is reflecting a sort of risk malaise, for now, an IV30 of 24.37% verus the IV30 of the S&P 500 at 11.15%. The annual high for American States Water Company IV30 is 50.45% -- and we're below that level. The alert here is low vol.



One thing to note beyond the risk malaise alert, which we cover in the article, is that while implied volatility may be low, the real question that needs to be answered for option sellers is not if the impled vol is low, but rather if the realized volatility that is coming in the next 30 days will be lower than the option market is pricing.

To skip ahead of this risk alert and see if buying or selling options has been a winner in American States Water Company, you can go here: Geting serious about option trading.

PREFACE
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 American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR) . The creator of this model is Capital Market Laboratories (CMLviz.com).


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

We also take a peek at the implied vol for the Industrials ETF (XLI), our broad based proxy for AWR.





SNAPSHOT SUMMARY
S&P 500 IV30     11.15%
Nasdaq 100 IV30     12.44%
XLI IV30     14.61%

AWR HV 30     19.12%
AWR Current IV30     24.37%
52 Week Low IV30     18.92%
52 Week High IV30     50.45%


The risk as reflected by the option market has hit a depressed level relative to the company's past. The option market reflects a 95% confidence interval stock price range of ($42.60, $47.70) within the next 30 calendar days.

While the option market risk rating is on the low side, we note that companies in this situation are still susceptible to sudden stock move risk, it's simply the probability of that large stock move is depressed. Buyers of options and volatility may find these prices more attractive than at other times.

AWR OPTION MARKET RISK
The IV30® is the risk reflected by the option market in the stock price for the next 30 calendar days -- it's forward looking. American States Water Company shows an IV30 of 24.4%, which is a depressed level for the company relative to its past.

The option market for AWR has shown an IV30 annual low of 18.9% and an annual high of 50.5%, meaning that AWR is at the 17% percentile right now. Here's a table of the data before we dig into the risk rating further.

AWR
Current IV30    
AWR
Low IV30    
AWR
High IV30   
24.4% 18.9% 50.5%

The implied stock swing risk from the option market is significantly tighter in the next 30 calendar days for American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR) 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 19.12%.




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 American States Water Company is priced (24.4%) compared to what happened just in the last 30-days (19.1%).

American States Water Company Risk Rating
The AWR risk rating is at 2, where the rating goes from one (the lowest risk) to five (the highest risk). The driving factors for the 2 rating are:

The IV30 is below the 20th percentile.
The IV30 is below 30%.
The HV30 is below the 20th percentile.
The HV30 is below 30%.
The IV30 is above the HV30.