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Implied Volatility Surging For Insmed, Inc. (INSM) Stock Options
July 17, 2017

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Investors in Insmed, Inc. (INSM - Free Report) need to pay close attention to the stock based on moves in the options market lately. That is because the Oct 20th 2017 $20.00Call had some of the highest implied volatility of all equity options today.

What is Implied Volatility?

Implied volatility shows how much movement the market is expecting in the future. Options with high levels of implied volatility suggest that investors in the underlying stocks are expecting a big move in one direction or the other. It could also mean there is an event coming up soon that may cause a big rally or a huge sell off. However, implied volatility is only one piece of the puzzle when putting together an options trading strategy.

What do the Analysts Think?

Clearly, options traders are pricing in a big move for Insmed shares, but what is the fundamental picture for the company? Currently, Insmed is a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) in the Medical - Biomedical and Genetics industry that ranks in the Top 46% of our Zacks Industry Rank. Although over the last 60 days, the stock has seen no estimate revisions, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current quarter has moved from a loss of 61 cents per share to a loss of 63 cents per share in that period.

Given the way analysts feel about Insmed right now, this huge implied volatility could mean there’s a trade developing. Often times, options traders look for options with high levels of implied volatility to sell premium. This is a strategy many seasoned traders use because it captures decay. At expiration, the hope for these traders is that the underlying stock does not move as much as originally expected.

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