Volatility Analysis for Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
Volatility is defined as the price range for a period, divided by the average price for the period:|
So, to derive the Daily Volatility on 11/10/2010 of 3.7%, the price range for the day (3.86) was divided by the average price (102.55). 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. It is important to avoid confusing this with the weekly average of the daily volatility, which is a completely different concept.
For reference, the price is plotted in red. 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. Average Daily Volatility over the history of FCX has been 4% in contrast to the Average Quarterly Volatility of 36%.
If you have ever seen a "yield curve" you should be able to understand the concept behind this "yield curve". These Volatility Curves each apply to a discrete time interval. From left to right, each position plots the Volatility associated with increasing intervals of time. The relationship between the length of time, and the expected change in price, is not linear, as is demonstrated by this chart. |
This histogram is a frequency distribution of Daily Volatility, corresponding to the green points on the first chart on this page. |
Similarly, the purple points on the top chart, the Quarterly Volatility Values, are subjected to frequency distribution here. |
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