Volatility Analysis for Apple Computer
Volatility is defined as the price range for a period, divided by the average price for the period:|
For instance, on 2/15/2011 the average price was 358.76 with a range of 2.42, indicating a Daily Volatility of 0.6%. Daily Volatility (the daily range as a portion of the daily average price) is plotted in green. Blue is Weekly Volatility, which is the weekly range as a portion of the weekly average price. This is a different concept from the weekly average of daily volatility.
The red plot shows the actual price. Volatility, as measured through various intervals, ( Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly) is plotted according to color.
According to academic theory, Volatility is exactly equal to Risk. But investors often make a distinction between these two concepts. The different character of Volatility as seen in different time frames, lends some support to the investor's view. During 27 years, the Average Quarterly Volatility of AAPL stock price has been 37% while the Average Daily Volatility has been 4%.
You may be familiar with the "yield curve" which shows how interest bearing yields vary according to term. Each Volatility Curve is a snapshot in time. From left to right, each position plots the Volatility associated with increasing intervals of time. However, as seen in this plot of the AAPL Volatility Curve, the increase is not constant. |
A frequency distribution of the green points on the first chart (the daily volatility) yields this histogram. |
In a similar vein, the Frequency Distribution of the Quarterly Volatility is plotted here. This is the distribution of the values plotted in purple on the top chart from this page. |
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