Risk Malaise Alert in Option Market: Northrop Grumman Corporation Implied Price Swing Hits An Extreme Low

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) Risk Hits An Extreme Low

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Risk Malaise Alert -- Not How You Might Think:
Before we dive into any analysis we simply note that Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) 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 18.72% versus the IV30 of the S&P 500 at 9.96%. The annual high for Northrop Grumman Corporation IV30 is 22.21% -- 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 Northrop Grumman Corporation, you can go here: Getting serious about option trading.

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 Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) . The creator of this model is Capital Market Laboratories (CMLviz.com).

In the "Why This Matters" section at the end of this article on Northrop Grumman 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 NOC and the company's risk rating:

We also take a peek at the implied vol for the Aerospace & Defense ETF (XAR), our broad based proxy for NOC.

S&P 500 IV30     9.96%
Nasdaq 100 IV30     16.24%
XAR IV30     16.22%

NOC HV 30     15.46%
NOC Current IV30     18.72%
52 Week Low IV30     12.47%
52 Week High IV30     22.21%

The risk as reflected by the option market has hit an extreme low relative to the company's past. The option market reflects a 95% confidence interval stock price range of ($315.90, $344.20) 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.

The IV30® is the risk reflected by the option market in the stock price for the next 30 calendar days -- it's forward looking. Northrop Grumman Corporation shows an IV30 of 18.7%, which is an extreme low for the company relative to its past.

The option market for NOC has shown an IV30 annual low of 12.5% and an annual high of 22.2%, meaning that NOC is at the 64% percentile right now. Here's a table of the data before we dig into the risk rating further.

Current IV30    
Low IV30    
High IV30   
18.7% 12.5% 22.2%

The implied stock swing risk from the option market reflects a wider range in the next 30 calendar days for Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) than it has on on average.
Further, if we look backwards, the stock has a realized 30-day historical volatility, called the HV30, of 15.46%.

We have a situation now where not only is the IV30 elevated relative to the past, but the option market reflects the likelihood of yet 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 Northrop Grumman Corporation is priced (18.7%) compared to what happened just in the last 30-days (15.5%).

Northrop Grumman Corporation Risk Rating
The NOC risk rating is at 1, where the rating goes from one (the lowest risk) to five (the highest risk). The driving factors for the 1 rating are:

The IV30 is above the annual average.
The IV30 is below 30%.
The HV30 is above the annual average.
The HV30 is below 30%.
The IV30 is above the HV30.
The stock has moved +10.8% over the last 3-months which does indicate some elevated risk.