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Risk Malaise Alert in Option Market: FMC Corporation Implied Price Swing Hits A Lowered Level




FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) Risk Hits A Lowered Level

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Risk Malaise Alert -- Not How You Might Think:
Before we dive into any analysis we simply note that FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) 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 30.47% verus the IV30 of the S&P 500 at 11.15%. The annual high for FMC Corporation IV30 is 43.77% -- 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 FMC Corporation, 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 FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) . The creator of this model is Capital Market Laboratories (CMLviz.com).

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In the "Why This Matters" section at the end of this article on FMC Corporation we're going to take a step back and show in great specificity that there is actually a lot less "luck" in successful option trading than many people know. The whole concept of an "option trading expert" is vastly over complicated and we'll talk about how superior returns are earned.

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

We also take a peek at the implied vol for the Materials ETF (XLB), our broad based proxy for FMC.





SNAPSHOT SUMMARY
S&P 500 IV30     11.15%
Nasdaq 100 IV30     12.44%
XLB IV30     14.4%

FMC HV 30     40.79%
FMC Current IV30     30.47%
52 Week Low IV30     19.88%
52 Week High IV30     43.77%


The risk as reflected by the option market has hit a lowered level relative to the company's past. The option market reflects a 95% confidence interval stock price range of ($68.80, $79.10) 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.

FMC 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. FMC Corporation shows an IV30 of 30.5%, which is a lowered level for the company relative to its past.

The option market for FMC has shown an IV30 annual low of 19.9% and an annual high of 43.8%, meaning that FMC is at the 44% percentile right now. Here's a table of the data before we dig into the risk rating further.

FMC
Current IV30    
FMC
Low IV30    
FMC
High IV30   
30.5% 19.9% 43.8%

The implied stock swing risk from the option market has created a range which is tighter in the next 30 calendar days for FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) than it has been on average for the last year on average.
Further, if we look backwards, the stock has a realized 30-day historical volatility, called the HV30, of 40.79%.




We have a situation now where the IV30 is depressed relative to the past and at the same time the option market reflects the likelihood of a smaller stock movement in the next 30-days than the stock has realized in the last 30-days. Let's turn to a chart to see what's going on.
 
Note how much lower the forward looking stock swing price risk for FMC Corporation is priced (30.5%) compared to what happened just in the last 30-days (40.8%).

FMC Corporation Risk Rating
The FMC risk rating is at 2.5, where the rating goes from one (the lowest risk) to five (the highest risk). The driving factors for the 2.5 rating are:

The IV30 is below the annual average.
The HV30 is above the 80th percentile.
The IV30 is below the HV30.
The stock has moved +22.6% over the last 3-months which does indicate some elevated risk.