Analyzing FirstEnergy’s Implied Volatility
On September 27, FirstEnergy (FE) stock was trading at an implied volatility of 17%—marginally higher than its 15-day average implied volatility.
FirstEnergy stock is one of the most volatile stocks in the S&P 500 Utilities Index. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR’s (XLU) implied volatility is around 11%.
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Higher implied volatility commonly signifies investor anxiety. Stocks’ implied volatilities and prices are usually inversely related.
As we discussed earlier, competitive utilities are usually volatile due to their earnings. Utility stocks have higher implied volatilities than broader utilities.