Volatility refers to the amount of uncertainty or risk about the size of changes in a security’s value. A higher volatility means that a security’s value can potentially be spread out over a larger range of values. This means that the price of the security can change dramatically over a short time period in either direction. A lower volatility means that a security’s value does not fluctuate dramatically, but changes in value at a steady pace over a period of time.
One measure of the relative volatility of a particular stock to the market is its beta. A beta approximates the overall volatility of a security’s returns against the returns of a relevant benchmark (usually the S&P 500 is used).
Volatility is measured by the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE), primarily through the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) and, to a lesser extent, the CBOE Nasdaq Volatility Index (VXN) for technology stocks. The VIX tracks the speed of stocks’ price movements in the S&P 100; the VXN tracks it in Nasdaq 100 stocks. Both indices take a weighted average of the estimated volatility of eight stocks on a particular index. Both are calculated every 60 seconds over the CBOE’s trading day, which means it records a great deal of fluctuation.
On Monday (Nov-09), CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) rose +15.28% or 2.19 points to close at $16.52. The index was opened at $15.34 and floating between $15.14 – $17.09 in the whole trading session. Over the last 52-Weeks period, the index hit the highest point of $53.29 and $10.88 lowest point in the same period.
With the yesterday’s trade close Baytex Energy Corp (USA) (NYSE:BTE) has weekly volatility of 10.29% and its monthly volatility of 9.61% and opened the day at $4.42 and closed at $4.69 with the gain of +7.32%. The stock currently has Beta of 2.18 where; Beta indicates the volatility of the security and currently has Average True Range (ATR) of 0.45 along with the Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 55.09. The company after the yesterday closing has a market capitalization of 904.76 billion.
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY) after settling the last trading session has volatility 7.57% for the month and 9.51% for the week with Beta of 2.34 (the Beta measures the volatility of the security in relation to the market). The company’s security currently has RSI (Relative Strength Index) of 70.58 and ATR (Average True Range) of 6.70. The stock closed the last trading session with market capitalization of 8.59 billion and its shares got a jump of +7.20% closing at $108.84.
After the last market close Pernix Therapeutics Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PTX) has beta of 2.43 (Beta is the single most important measure of stock risk or volatility) while the monthly and weekly volatility of the stock stands at 11.40% and 11.16% respectively. The stock has current Average True Range (ATR) of 0.32 and Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 54.34. In the last trading session and closed at $3.47 with an increase of +6.77%. The company has current market capitalization of 198.44 million.