Stock Alert: Synaptics Incorporated Price Volatility Hits A Plunging Low

Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA) Price Volatility Hits A Plunging Low

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Stock Alert - But Not What You Might Think
Before we cover the full analysis we make a quick alert here that Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA) has seen its stock price move at an extreme low level. We'll go through the details below -- but that's the lede -- the stock has been unusally quiet. If there was a post it note to summarize the stock movement in the last 30-days it would likely read "quiet time... too quiet?" The HV20 is 33.33% verus the HV20 of the S&P 500 at 6.43%.

Another bit to this alert of quiet time, which we cover in the article, is that while the historical volatility may be an extreme low level, the real question that needs to be answered for option traders is not if the HV20 is low, but rather if the implied volatility that is priced for the next 30-days accuratley reflects what we're about to see in the stock for the next month.

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This is a proprietary realized volatility rating created by Capital Market Laboratories (CMLviz) based on a large number of data interactions for Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA) . We examine the little used gem of daily stock volatility over a 20-day and 30-day trading period, as well as comparisons to the last year and the actual stock returns over the last three- and six-months and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indices.

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But before that, let's turn back to SYNA. Here are the exact steps that led us to this rating, and whether it's a risk alert or a holding pattern.

SYNA Recent Price Volatility

Price volatility using proprietary measures has hit an extreme low level.

Even though Synaptics Incorporated generates substantial revenue, its a small cap technology company which means SYNA is susceptible to excessive risk. Here is a rolling annual volatility chart of the biotech index (IBB) versus the Nasdaq 100 and the S&P 500. Note how elevated the technology sector volatility is (the yellow curve) relative to the S&P 500.

While stocks with SYNA's profile see a short-term quiet period, this is also one of those times when a shake out volatility move could be on the horizon. To that point, we do note that SYNA is showing unusally low volatility in the last month relative to its past. Let's take a deep dive into some institutional level volatility measures for Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA) .

Synaptics Incorporated Stock Performance
SYNA is down -6.4% over the last three months and down -25.1% over the last six months. The stock has returned -41.0% over the last year. The current stock price is $51.1.

SYNA Step 1: Stock Returns
The one-year stock return does not impact the volatility rating since we are looking at a shorter time horizon. However, the rating does examine the 3-month returns and the absolute difference between the 3-month and 6-month returns.

  The 3-month stock return of -6.4% is too small to impact the price volatility rating for SYNA.
  The greater than 10% difference between the 3-month and 6-month stock returns has an impact on the price volatility rating for SYNA.

SYNA Step 2: Daily Price Volatility Level
The HV30® takes the stock's day to day historical volatility over the last 30-days and then annualizes it. The HV20 looks back over just 20-days -- a shorter time period. Here is the breakdown for Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA) and how the day-by-day price historical volatilities have impacted the rating:

  The HV20 of 23.7% is low enough that it has a downward impact on SYNA's volatility rating.

SYNA Step 3: Synaptics Incorporated HV20 Compared to Indices
* The HV20 for SYNA is substantially larger than that for both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ 100 which raises the volatility rating.

* The HV20 for SYNA is substantially larger than that for the Technology ETF (XLK) which raises the volatility rating.

Here is summary data in tabular and chart format.

   S&P 500
   NASDAQ 100
           23.7%    6.43%    6.07%    6.28%

SYNA Step 4: Daily Volatility Percentiles and Highs

We also examine the annual high of the HV30 in our rating.
  The 52 week high in HV30 for SYNA is 87.0%, which is high and has an upward impact on the price volatility rating.

Here is summary data in tabular and chart format.

HV30 High   
           23.7%    33.3%    87.0%

Final Price Volatility Percentile Level: SYNA
The final evolution of the volatility rating for Synaptics Incorporated is a comparison of the HV30 value relative to its past, which is neatly summarized in the percentile -- a scoring mechanism that goes from a low of 1 to a high of 100.

  The HV30 percentile for Synaptics Incorporated is 16%, which means the stock has seen very low volatility in its price movement relative to its own past and that has a dampening impact on the price volatility rating.

Synaptics Incorporated Realized Volatility Percentiles