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Risk Malaise Alert in Option Market: Methode Electronics Inc Implied Price Swing Hits A Substantially Lowered Level




Methode Electronics Inc (NYSE:MEI) Risk Hits A Substantially Lowered Level

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Risk Malaise Alert -- Not How You Might Think:
Before we dive into any analysis we simply note that Methode Electronics Inc (NYSE:MEI) 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 25.66% verus the IV30 of the S&P 500 at 11.15%. The annual high for Methode Electronics Inc IV30 is 65.68% -- 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 Methode Electronics Inc, 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 Methode Electronics Inc (NYSE:MEI) . 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 Methode Electronics Inc 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 MEI and the company's risk rating:

We also take a peek at the implied vol for the Technology ETF (XLK), our broad based proxy for MEI.





SNAPSHOT SUMMARY
S&P 500 IV30     11.15%
Nasdaq 100 IV30     12.44%
XLK IV30     12.46%

MEI HV 30     28.42%
MEI Current IV30     25.66%
52 Week Low IV30     22.92%
52 Week High IV30     65.68%


The risk as reflected by the option market has hit a substantially lowered level relative to the company's past. The option market reflects a 95% confidence interval stock price range of ($41.20, $46.30) 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.

MEI 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. Methode Electronics Inc shows an IV30 of 25.7%, which is a substantially lowered level for the company relative to its past.

The option market for MEI has shown an IV30 annual low of 22.9% and an annual high of 65.7%, meaning that MEI is at the 6% percentile right now. Here's a table of the data before we dig into the risk rating further.

MEI
Current IV30    
MEI
Low IV30    
MEI
High IV30   
25.7% 22.9% 65.7%

The implied stock swing risk from the option market is extremeley tight in the next 30 calendar days for Methode Electronics Inc (NYSE:MEI) relative to the average in the last year.
Further, if we look backwards, the stock has a realized 30-day historical volatility, called the HV30, of 28.42%.




We have a situation now where the IV30 is extremely depressed relative to the past and that has resulted in a risk pricing that reflects less stock movement in the next 30-days than it has seen in the last 30-days. Let's turn to a chart to see what's going on.
 
Note how similar the forward risk for Methode Electronics Inc is priced (25.7%) compared to what happened just in the last 30-days (28.4%).

Methode Electronics Inc Risk Rating
The MEI 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 above the annual average.
The HV30 is below 30%.