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Risk Malaise Alert in Option Market: Harsco Corporation Implied Price Swing Hits A Deteriorated Level




Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC) Risk Hits A Deteriorated Level

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Risk Malaise Alert -- Not How You Might Think:
Before we dive into any analysis we simply note that Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC) 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 32.66% versus the IV30 of the S&P 500 at 8.63%. The annual high for Harsco Corporation IV30 is 57.25% -- 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 implied 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 Harsco Corporation, you can go here: Getting 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 Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC) . The creator of this model is Capital Market Laboratories (CMLviz.com).


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But first, let's turn back to HSC 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 HSC.





SNAPSHOT SUMMARY
S&P 500 IV30     8.63%
Nasdaq 100 IV30     12.96%
XLI IV30     11.05%

HSC HV 30     29.39%
HSC Current IV30     32.66%
52 Week Low IV30     32.02%
52 Week High IV30     57.25%


The risk as reflected by the option market has hit a deteriorated level relative to the company's past. The option market reflects a 95% confidence interval stock price range of ($18.00, $20.90) 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.

HSC 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. Harsco Corporation shows an IV30 of 32.7%, which is a deteriorated level for the company relative to its past.

The option market for HSC has shown an IV30 annual low of 32.0% and an annual high of 57.3%, meaning that HSC is at the 3% percentile right now. Here's a table of the data before we dig into the risk rating further.

HSC
Current IV30    
HSC
Low IV30    
HSC
High IV30   
32.7% 32.0% 57.3%

The implied stock swing risk from the option market is extremely tight in the next 30 calendar days for Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC) 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 29.39%.




We have an unusual situation now where the IV30 is extremely 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 Harsco Corporation is priced (32.7%) compared to what happened just in the last 30-days (29.4%).

Harsco Corporation Risk Rating
The HSC 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 HV30 is below the 20th percentile.
The HV30 is below 30%.
The IV30 is above the HV30.
The stock has moved -9.3% over the last 3-months which does indicate some elevated risk.