Stock Volatility Risk Alert: Red Hat Inc Stock Volatility Hits An Unsually High Level

Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) Stock Volatility Hits An Unsually High Level

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Stock Risk Alert
Before we cover the full analysis we make a quick alert here that Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) has seen its stock price whip around at a notable high level. We'll go through the details below -- but that's the lede -- the stock has been moving and the market's reaction is like a yellow post it note on the face of the ticker that reads "this is not equilibrium" with an HV20 of 51.35% verus the HV20 of the S&P 500 at 9.04%.

Another bit to this risk alert, which we cover in the article, is that while the historical volatility may be a notable high level (the stock has been whipping around), the real question that needs to be answered for option traders is not if the HV20 is high, 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.

To jump forward and examine if owning or shorting options has been a positive trade in Red Hat Inc, you can go here: Getting serious about option trading.


This is a proprietary realized volatility rating created by Capital Market Laboratories (CMLviz) based on a large number of data interactions for Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) . 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.

As a heads up, in the "Why This Matters" section at the end of this article on Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) , we're going to take a step back and show really clearly that there is actually a lot less "luck" in successful option trading than most people are aware of. This idea of an "option trading expert" is vastly over complicated so those with the information advantage can continue to profit at the expense of the rest.

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

RHT Recent Stock Volatility

Breaking: RHT HV30 stock volatility has exploded to a new annual high.

Stock volatility using proprietary measures has hit a notable high level.

Even though Red Hat Inc generates substantial revenue, its a small cap technology company which means RHT 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.

Let's take a deep dive into some institutional level volatility measures for Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) .

Red Hat Inc Stock Performance
RHT is down -9.4% over the last three months and up +14.1% over the last six months. The stock price is up +46.1% over the last year. The current stock price is $142.06.

RHT 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 -9.4% is too small to impact the stock volatility rating for RHT.
  The noteworthy difference between the 3-month and 6-month stock returns has a meaningful impact on the stock volatility rating for RHT.

RHT Step 2: Daily Stock 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 Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) and how the day-by-day stock historical volatilities have impacted the rating:

  The HV20 of 59.7% is in the middle ground, neither elevated nor depressed, so in this case the raw HV20 number has no impact on RHT's volatility rating.

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

* The HV20 for RHT 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
           59.7%    9.04%    15.13%    14.66%

RHT 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 RHT is 51.4%, which is just high enough to have a small impact on the stock volatility rating.

Here is summary data in tabular and chart format.

HV30 High   
           59.7%    51.4%    51.4%

Final Stock Volatility Percentile Level: RHT
The final evolution of the volatility rating for Red Hat Inc 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 Red Hat Inc is 100%, which means the stock has seen extremely volatile price movement relative to its own past and that has a large impact on the stock volatility rating.

Red Hat Inc Realized Volatility Percentiles