After a strong showing in H2 2016, Swatch shares are currently displaying a number of potentially negative fundamental, technical and sentiment risk indicator observables in OTAS.
With the crucial festive period over and the next financial update not until the 16th March, such warning signals may provide Swatch investors with early evidence to re-position in the shares…..
- Price Momentum fading – Having made back all its sector underperformance since early August 2016, Swatch’ relative performance is showing signs of fading again over the last week. Selling pressure is also evident in todays session, the OTAS Microstructure(right-hand chart) indicates the shares underperforming their basket on significantly higher than expected volume.
- Analyst EPS expectations continue to diverge from market price – Having shown a positive correlation historically, the OTAS EPS/Price chart shows a clear dislocation in EPS momentum and price. The shares currently trade at a 14% premium to the mean analyst price target in spite of ongoing negative earnings revisions.
- Only Insider selling – A number of transactions lately show company insiders selling into the rising share price. Timing wise, recent historical trades indicate well informed trading.
- Trading on peak valuation – Swatch shares have looked statistically expensive(2 Stan.Dev event) relative to sector peers since November, moreover, on 21x 12m Fwd P/E the shares are trading around their highest ever absolute P/E multiple. Similar comparable valuation extremes back in July 2007 subsequently saw the shares re-rate heavily and lose around -65% of their market value.
- High Implied Volatility – Vol markets indicate higher sector relative risk for Swatch shares compared to peers, a +/-14 move over the next 3 months. Recent option trading activity shows a larger bias for Puts.
- Short Interest – Low activity from Hedge Funds. Current free float on loan stands at around 12%(which is within the normal expected range compared to the last 2 years) and has contracted by around 1.1% in the last week.
- TIM Indicator – Contrary to the above observations, sell side brokers are generally positive on Swatch shares and are pushing them accordingly. The TIM indicator has seen its score* improve from 2 > 8 in the last week indicating bullish sentiment. Perhaps they don’t have OTAS as their evidence based early warning system !??
*1=Heavily Bearish(Underperform) – 10=Heavily Bullish(Outperform)