Inside Southern Company’s Implied Volatility
Southern Company’s implied volatility
On March 31, 2017, Southern Company’s (SO) implied volatility was 13.2%—close to its 15-day average. As the graph below shows, a fall in SO’s implied volatility has generally been associated with gains in its stock price, while a rise in its implied volatility has been generally associated with stock price declines.
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By comparison, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) had an implied volatility of 12.6% on March 31, 2017. Among S&P 500 utilities, the largest merchant power stock, NRG Energy (NRG), had the highest implied volatility of 36% on March 31, 2017.
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Continue to the next and final part of this series for a discussion of the current analyst recommendations for Southern Company.