Implied Volatility Surging for Whiting (WLL) Stock Options
Investors in Whiting Petroleum Corporation WLL need to pay close attention to the stock based on moves in the options market lately. That is because the Mar 3, 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 Whiting shares, but what is the fundamental picture for the company? Currently, Whiting is a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) in the Oil and Gas – Exploration and Production industry that ranks in the Bottom 26% of our Zacks Industry Rank. Over the last 30 days, no analysts have increased their earnings estimates for the current quarter, while nine have dropped their estimates. The net effect has taken our Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current quarter from 31 cents per share to 8 cents in that period.
Given the way analysts feel about Whiting right now, this huge implied volatility could mean there’s a trade developing. Oftentimes, 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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