Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Veeco Instruments (VECO) - Depressed Vol into Earnings... Right?

VECO is trading $30.74, down 0.9% with IV30™ unched. The LIVEVOL® Pro Summary is below.


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Veeco Instruments Inc. designs, manufactures and markets equipment to make light emitting diodes (LEDs), solar cells, hard-disk drives and other devices. The Company operates in two segments: Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Solar, and Data Storage.

Thisis a vol note – specifically depressed vol as earnings approach. Let’s turn to the Charts Tab (six months), below. The top portion is the stock price, the bottom is the vol (IV30™ - red vs HV20™ - blue vs HV180™ - pink).

On the stock side, we can see some price appreciation over the last six months. I’ve highlighted 3-15-2012 when the stock closed up 11.4%. Here’s a news snippet from that day:

LED equipment maker Veeco Instruments (NASDAQ:VECO) soared today as Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) upped their rating to Hold, citing promising demand for LED lighting that could indicate an industry rebound.

Shares of the Somerset, New Jersey-based company gained as much as 11 percent today, adding to the company’s 44.1 percent increase for 2012. According to a report by the Motley Fool, Deutsche Bank also put a $40 price target on the stock, which represents more than 30 percent worth of upside to its Thursday closing price.

Source: WALL ST. CHEAT SHEET via Yahoo! Finance -- This Upgrade Fuels Veeco Instruments Rise, written by Gina Smith.

But, it’s the vol that really caught my attention. The 52 wk range in IV30™ is [40.97%, 80.92%] putting the current level in the 10th percentile (annual). The recent stock gap up has pushed HV20™ up "artificially." The current vol comps are:

IV30™: 45.55%
HV20™: 61.55%
HV180™: 60.22%

The last two earnings cycles in calendar Q2 for VECO have been 4-26-2010 and 4-25-2011. It’s a reasonable guess that the next earnings release will be in May expiry but outside of Apr.

Let’s turn to the Skew Tab – we’ll find the confirming circumstantial evidence of the earnings date.

We can see that May vol lies above Apr for most strikes, with similar shapes across the months. A vol event is priced for May outside of Apr – aka: earnings.

Let’s turn to the Options Tab.

I wrote about this one for TheStreet (OptionsProfits), so no specific trade analysis here. Across the top we can see that Apr and May are priced to 45.55% and 50.70%, respectively. That May number would be the 24th percentile (annual) – so still depressed both to the implied's history and to the historical realized measures.  But, keep in mind, as recently as 3-5-2012, HV20™ was as low as 37.16%.

Still noteworthy is that last earnings cycle the IV30™ only hit ~54% and the stock moved just $0.22. The upgrade and projection does embed a sort of “risky” event, so it’s reasonable to bet that vol will rise into the earnings release above that prior level, but then again... it may not.

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