Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE:WGP) Realized Volatility Hits A Rock Bottom LowDate Published: 2017-04-21
Stock Alert - But Not What You Might Think
Before we cover the full analysis we make a quick alert here that Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE:WGP) 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 18.7% 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 Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE:WGP) . 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 WGP. Here are the exact steps that led us to this rating, and whether it's a risk alert or a holding pattern.
WGP Recent Realized Volatility
Realized volatility using proprietary measures has hit an extreme low level. While stocks with WGP'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 WGP 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 Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE:WGP) .
Western Gas Equity Partners, LP Stock Performance
WGP is up +2.2% over the last three months and up +2.0% over the last six months. The stock price is up +11.8% over the last year. The current stock price is $45.48.
WGP Step 1: Stock Returns
↪ The 3-month stock return of +2.2% is too small to impact the realized volatility rating for WGP.
↪ The small difference between the 3-month and 6-month stock returns does not impact the realized volatility rating for WGP.
WGP Step 2: Daily Realized 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 Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE:WGP) and how the day-by-day realized historical volatilities have impacted the rating:
↪ The HV20 of 12.3% is quite low and has a substantial downward impact on WGP's volatility rating.
WGP Step 3: Western Gas Equity Partners, LP HV20 Compared to Indices
* The HV20 for WGP is substantially larger than that for both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ 100 which raises the volatility rating.
* The HV20 for WGP is smaller than that for the Energy ETF (XLE) which drops the volatility rating.
Here is summary data in tabular and chart format.
| S&P 500
| NASDAQ 100
WGP 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 WGP is 57.8%, which is just high enough to have a small impact on the realized volatility rating.
Here is summary data in tabular and chart format.
Final Realized Volatility Percentile Level: WGP
The final evolution of the volatility rating for Western Gas Equity Partners, LP 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 Western Gas Equity Partners, LP is 14%, 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 realized volatility rating.
Western Gas Equity Partners, LP Realized Volatility Percentiles