Steer Clear From This Blue-Chip Stock in October

Plus, 24 other stocks that historically underperform this month

Managing Editor
Oct 2, 2020 at 9:58 AM
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It's been an uninspiring year for blue chip IBM Corp (NYSE:IBM), and it could get worse. "Big Blue" is one of the worst stocks on the S&P 500 in October over the past 10 years. With the tech stock also trading near a potential layer of resistance and short-term options attractively priced, it might be a good time to buy puts on IBM.

Worst Stocks October

According to data from Schaeffer's Senior Quantitative Analyst Rocky White, IBM shares have averaged a monthly loss of 4.24% in the last decade, finishing October in positive territory just three times. That's good for the worst on the 25-stock list and bears the ignominious distinction of being the only Dow name present.

There's a great deal of technical resistance working against IBM as well. The shares have been stymied by the -10% year-to-date level recently, while their 200-day moving average has contained breakouts since June. For contextual purposes, the stock -- last seen down 1.2% at $119.67 -- is a far cry from its Feb. 6 annual high of $158.75.

Daily Stock Chart IBM

Meanwhile, a volatility indicator we track suggest low expectations are being priced into IBM stock's short-term options -- a potential boon to premium buyers. The security's Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) of 26% is docked in the 15th annual percentile.


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