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Is The Options Market Predicting A Spike In Valaris (VAL) Stock?

By Zacks Investment ResearchStock MarketsMar 25, 2020 09:43PM ET
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Is The Options Market Predicting A Spike In Valaris (VAL) Stock?
By Zacks Investment Research   |  Mar 25, 2020 09:43PM ET
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Investors inValaris plc (NYSE:VAL) need to pay close attention to the stock based on moves in the options market lately. That is because the Jun 19, 2020 $3.00 Put had some of the highest implied volatility of all equity options today.

What is Implied Volatility?

Implied volatility shows how much movement the market is expecting in the future. Options with high levels of implied volatility suggest that investors in the underlying stocks are expecting a big move in one direction or the other. It could also mean there is an event coming up soon that may cause a big rally or a huge sell off. However, implied volatility is only one piece of the puzzle when putting together an options trading strategy.

What do the Analysts Think?

Clearly, options traders are pricing in a big move for Valaris shares, but what is the fundamental picture for the company? Currently, Valaris is a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) in the Transportation - Shipping industry that ranks in the Bottom 41% of our Zacks Industry Rank. Over the last 60 days, none of the analysts have increased their earnings estimates for the current quarter, while five have revised their estimates downward. The net effect has widened our Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current quarter from a loss of $1.26 per share to a loss of $1.53 in that period.

Given the way analysts feel about Valaris right now, this huge implied volatility could mean there’s a trade developing. Often times, options traders look for options with high levels of implied volatility to sell premium. This is a strategy many seasoned traders use because it captures decay. At expiration, the hope for these traders is that the underlying stock does not move as much as originally expected.

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