Do Stock Investors See Value in Bank of America?

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With shares of Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) trading around $12, is BAC an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

Bank of America provides various banking and financial products and services for individual consumers, small and middle market businesses, institutional investors, corporations, and governments in the United States and internationally. The company’ operates in several segments: Consumer & Business Banking, Consumer Real Estate Services, Global Banking, Global Markets, and Global Wealth & Investment Management. The financial industry has taken some heat in recent years but it is the backbone of the economy and is here to stay. The United States is seeing sustained expansion so Bank of America will continue to see a modest rise in business from operations here. However, the real growth opportunities are coming from fueling outside economies that have significant room for growth. What better company to back growing economies than one that has lived through good and bad times? Through its segments, Bank of America is able to provide the products and services required by consumers and businesses worldwide.

T = Technicals on the Stock Chart are Strong

Bank of America stock has suffered greatly in recent years. From a single digit stock price to a monster rally, the stock has seen its fair share of volatility. Currently, the stock is attempting to regain ground and looks to be headed towards high prices not seen since 2010. Analyzing the price trend and its strength can be done using key simple moving averages. What are the key moving averages? The 50-day (pink), 100-day (blue), and 200-day (yellow) simple moving averages. As seen in the daily price chart below, Bank of America is trading above its rising key averages which signal neutral to bullish price action in the near-term.

BAC

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(Source: Thinkorswim)

Taking a look at the implied volatility (red) and implied volatility skew levels of Bank of America options may help determine if investors are bullish, neutral, or bearish.

Implied Volatility (IV)

30-Day IV Percentile

90-Day IV Percentile

Bank of America Options

29.18%

0%

0%

What does this mean? This means that investors or traders are buying a very minimal amount of call and put options contracts, as compared to the last 30 and 90 trading days.

Put IV Skew

Call IV Skew

May Options

Flat

Average

June Options

Flat

Average

As of today, there is an average demand from call buyers or sellers and low demand by put buyers or high demand by put sellers, all neutral to bullish over the next two months. To summarize, investors are buying a very minimal amount of call and put option contracts and are leaning neutral to bullish over the next two months.

On the next page, let’s take a look at the earnings and revenue growth rates and the conclusion…

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