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HFC pays 8th Special Dividend and Boosts Regular Dividend by 50%

Investors looking for a regular helping of special dividends should consider HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC). The company just announced its 8th special dividend since August 2011.  In addition, HFC just juiced its regular dividend by 50%.

Subscribers to my Get Rich Monthly Income Plan received $31.00 per share in dividends in 2012 with a yield on cost of 12.5% in one year.  In addition, subscribers received $1,690 in call premiums on each 100 shares of HFC stock in 2012.  The covered call premiums accounts for a yield of 68% as subscribers utilized a special income technique called the perpetual covered call.  In total, Monthly income Plan subscribers booked a total return of 219% on HFC in 2012 alone!

HollyFrontier Corporation (HFC) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a 50% increase in the Company’s regular quarterly cash dividend to $0.30 per share from the current rate of $0.20 per share. This is the fifth increase in the regular dividend since the merger in July of 2011, representing a total increase of 300%. The regular dividend will be paid on April 2, 2013 to holders of record of common stock on March 15, 2013.

The Company also announced today a special cash dividend in the amount of $0.50 per share. The special dividend will be paid on March 19, 2013 to holders of record of common stock on March 5, 2013. This is the 8th special dividend declared by HollyFrontier since August 2011.

HFC’s stock price is up 70% in the past year but still trades at a low PE of 7.5 which is a 60% discount to the industry average PE ratio.  HFC has an equity summary score of 9.8 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.

Mike Jennings, CEO and President of HollyFrontier, said, “Our Board of Directors remains committed to delivering value to our shareholders through both a growing regular dividend as well as special dividends. After today’s 50% dividend increase, our current regular dividend yield is 2.2%, and our trailing twelve month cash dividend yield stands at 6.1% relative to today’s closing price of $53.72. Including today’s announcement, HollyFrontier has returned almost $1.3 billion in capital to shareholders through regular dividends, special dividends and buybacks since the July 2011 merger.”

A New IPO – Gold Stocks with a 7% Dividend Yield

If you are looking for income and have an interest in gold as an investment, then a new IPO might be what you are looking for to combine the two needs.  Faircourt Gold Income Corp. (FRCGF) is a new closed-end fund that invests in gold stocks and sells covered calls and puts for income.  With the current market flux, gold is a good play until we get more definite information where the fiscal policy and taxes end under the new negotiations.  Why not let professional managers sell covered calls and pay you monthly dividends.  Here are the details.

Faircourt Gold Income Corp., a closed-end investment fund established as a mutual fund corporation under the laws of the Province of Ontario, is offering upon the terms and subject to the conditions specified in this short form prospectus, to issue up to 4,733,740 Class A shares of the Company at a price per Offered Share of $8.45.  The initial IPO was November 9, 2012.

The shares are currently trading at $8.24, a 2.5% discount to the IPO price.  Faircourt Gold Income pays monthly distributions with an annual yield of 7.0%.

 

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The Company will not make any investment that would result in holdings of gold companies comprising less than 60% of the NAV of the Portfolio of the Company at the time of such investment. The Company will not make any investments that would result in holdings of gold bullion comprising greater than 30% of the NAV of the Portfolio of the Company at the time of such investment.

In order to generate additional returns and to reduce risk, the Company has engaged the Manager to employ an option strategy whereby it writes covered call options on securities held in the Portfolio and cash secured put options on securities desired to be held in the Portfolio. It is the Manager’s belief that utilizing the option strategy will assist in providing Shareholders with lower volatility and potentially enhanced returns as compared to owning the individual securities in the Portfolio directly.

The Manager believes that option writing has potential to add value in some sectors more than others. Option writing programs in the past have relied on the volatility of a security as a source of long term capital gains distributions. All other things being equal, sustained volatility in the price of a security results in higher option premiums in respect of such security. The Manager believes gold stocks, which have historically maintained a high degree of volatility, are well suited for a covered call writing strategy. This higher degree of volatility is reflected in the S&P/TSX Global Gold Index which has an historic 10 year average volatility is 36% as measured by standard deviation, between September 2002 and September 2012, while the S&P/TSX Composite Index has exhibited a volatility of 16% during the same period.

Covered call options and cash secured put options may be written from time to time in respect of part of the Portfolio.  The extent to which any of the individual securities in the Portfolio are subject to options and the terms of such options will vary from time to time based on the Manager’s assessment of the market.

CVS has Blockbuster Quarterly Earnings – Subscribers up 55% YTD

CVS Caremark Corp.’s (NYSE: CVS) third-quarter profit rose 16% on a strong performance for the company’s pharmacy-benefits-management business, while the drugstore chain also struck a bullish tone about clients it gained after a dispute between two rivals.  Overall, CVS Caremark reported a third-quarter profit of $1.01 billion, or 79 cents a share, up from $868 million, or 65 cents a share, a year earlier. Excluding tax adjustments and other items, earnings rose to 85 cents from 70 cents. Revenue increased 13% to $30.23 billion.

Revenue in the larger pharmacy-services business soared 22% to $18.1 billion, aided by new clients added to the network during the 2012 PBM selling season, higher drug costs and growth in the Medicare Part D program.

CVS has an equity summary score of 9.8 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.  CVS has a dividend yield of 1.39%.

In the past 52 weeks, CVS shares are up 22.6%.  Subscribers to the Monthly Income Plan have a total return of 55% year to date by using a perpetual covered call strategy on CVS shares.

During the third quarter, CVS opened 45 new retail drugstores, closed 3 retail drugstores. Additionally, the company relocated 18 retail drugstores. At the end of the quarter, CVS operated 7,500 locations, which include 7,423 retail drugstores, 28 onsite pharmacies, 31 retail specialty pharmacy stores, 12 specialty mail order pharmacies and 6 mail order pharmacies in 44 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Anticipating a benefit from the company’s accelerated share repurchase program (announced in September 2012) and its expectation about retaining at least 60% of the prescriptions gained from the Walgreen and Express Scripts impasse, the company is raising and narrowing its guidance for 2012. The company now expects adjusted EPS of $3.38−$3.41 (earlier guidance being $3.32−$3.38).

In comparison, shares of Express Scripts Holding Co. (NASDAQ: ESRX) were hit hard Tuesday in the wake of the pharmacy benefit manager calling analysts’ fiscal 2013 earnings projections “overly aggressive.”

Express Scripts dropped more than 12% to $55.15.

Late Monday, the company said a weak business climate and unemployment outlook would likely result in loss of some members, low use rates and higher demands from clients. Express Scripts didn’t offer a 2013 profit projection, saying only that it saw growth in two measures: earnings per share and earnings before interest, taxes, debt and amortization.

The company reported third-quarter results that came in slightly ahead of estimates on earnings, but fell below projections on sales. Net income for the period was $391.4 million, or 47 cents a share, compared with $324.7 million, or 66 cents a share, for the same period a year ago. Sales were $27 billion against last year’s $11.6 billion, due to its acquisition of Medco Health Solutions.

How to Make Monthly Income in a Sideway Moving Market

Expectations for the third quarter earnings were dismal, with forecasts for a decline in profits from a year ago.  But a recent flurry of high-profile reports has investors scowling at the weak revenue numbers, adding to worries about the state of the U.S. economy and the outlook for corporate America.

IBM, General Electric and Microsoft fell short of revenue expectations, creating a sour mood early in the third-quarter reporting period.  This has led to a market that is moving nowhere too soon.  For the last month (Sept 24 – Oct 19), the benchmark S&P 500 Index is only up 0.4% while the PowerShares S&P 500 BuyWrite Portfolio (PBP) is down 0.95%.

Where can income investors go for monthly income in a sideway moving market?

One option is to look at a covered call strategy for monthly income.  A covered call strategy provides income from the premium received when a call option is sold against 100 shares of a stock.  In general, a covered call makes money when the stock price goes nowhere (like today’s market), when the stock price increases and provides downside protection when a stock slightly declines in price.

Subscribers to the Monthly Income Plan had exceptional returns from the monthly covered call trades.  We enter 4 monthly covered call trades on September 24 2012 for trades to expire on October 19 2012.  This is a total of 26 calendar days for these covered call trades.

The results included:

a 6.75% monthly return on the United Rentals, Inc. NYSE: URI covered call;

6.57% on the USG Corporation NYSE: USG covered call;

5.09% on the Royal Caribbean Cruises NYSE:RCL covered call;

and a 5.4% return on the SanDisk Corporation NASDAQ: SNDK covered call.

This is an average return of 5.95% in one month on these 4 covered call trades.  For comparison purposes, this is an annualized return of 83.6%.

These trades significantly beat the S&P 500 and PBP Buy-Write for the last month.  For income investors, they made $595 for every $10,000 invested in these 4 combined covered call trades.

Click here to subscribe to the Monthly Income Plan to get new covered call trades each month for only $19.95 per month.

 

August 2012 Monthly Income Plan Update

As we approach the end of the August option expiration cycle, the Get Rich Monthly Income Plan had a great month for investors.

In January, we kicked off the perpetual covered call strategy. For those who are new to this concept, let me share the rationale of this income investment. This strategy was created to produce monthly income with stock dividends and covered call premium.  In addition, there is a protective, blanket put, to ensure the volatility in the market does not affect your return of capital.  We will follow the progress of the perpetual covered calls each month throughout 2012 and I will email premium members with trading directions when an action is required.  Here are some of the results for 2012:

Perpetual Covered Call Returns:

Stock 1 – Oil Company has a YTD total return of 96.1% including dividends and special dividends.

Stock 2 – Drug Store Company with a YTD total return of 36.4% including dividends.

Stock 3 – Technology Company with a YTD total return of 25% including dividends.

We also provide a list of stocks for monthly covered calls.  Here we change the list each month based on investing in the right stock for monthly income.  For the August option cycle, this was a great month for our Monthly covered call trades.  We made monthly returns of 7.55% on UA, 4.33% on LVS, 4.0% on HP, 3.73% on VIAB and 3.58% on CERN.

We have added the covered put trades as an additional way to sell premium and to enter stock positions.  I frequently sell puts to enter a new stock position because (1) I get the stock at a lower price than it is trading at the market. (2) I get to produce income from the premium I receive when selling the puts.  If the stock is above the put strike price at expiration, I keep the premium and have the opportunity to sell more outs or just purchase the stock cheaper because I have the put premium to cover partial costs.  I have used this technique for several months on the same stock before I get the stock put to me.  This creates enough income to really lower the total cost of the stock.  Then, when the stock is put to me, I sell calls (covered) to earn more income until the stock is called away.  Then – rinse and repeat.

For August options, the covered put trades were great this month as all recommendations were winners.  Returns ranged from 2.2% to 3.93% in one month.

For investors wanting to create monthly income, the Get Rich Monthly Income Plan is right for you.  Click here to learn more.

Proof that Option Income Writing is a Winner

With a covered call and protective put strategy, you have a win – win- win –win situation.  Here is what happens when the underlying stock changes:

  • Stock price increases –      you win by keeping the premium and either rolling up your call to a higher strike price or letting the stock get assigned;
  • Stock price is unchanged – you win by keeping the premium and possibly the stock to write more calls against it in coming expiration months;
  • Stock price slightly declines – Your amount of premium received will cover a slight decrease in the stock price so you win and keep the stock for more call writes for income;
  • Stock price declines aggressively – the protective put will gain value as stock prices decline closer or through the put strike price while you keep the premium and stock for more writes.

If you use the covered call with a protective put, you can create a great wining trade.  This is better for writing calls against a stock several months as this will offset the cost of buying a put for protection.  The protective put should be at least six months ahead of the current call expiration month when initially purchased.   This allows the investor to spread the put cost over the six month period to increase the profitability of the trade.  For example, if the protective put cost $300 to buy, the cost will average $50 per month on average.  However, if you exit the covered call position before the put expires, you can sell the put to recoup some of its cost.

In the case of a significant price decline, the put will become more profitable as it will increase in value.  The call writer can buy back the sold call
for pennies and sell a new call at a lower strike price to get more premium income.  After a few months of this, the trade should be profitable.

Covered Write on American Tower (AMT)

American Tower Corporation (AMT) is a holding company. It is a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company that owns, operates and develops  communications sites. Its primary business includes leasing antenna space on multi-tenant communications sites to wireless service providers and radio and  television broadcast companies. This business is its rental and management operations. The Company also offers tower-related services domestically,  including site acquisition, zoning and permitting services and structural analysis services, which primarily support its site leasing business and the addition of new tenants and equipment on its sites. On August 6, 2010, the Company’s, Transcend Infrastructure Limited, acquired Essar Telecom Infrastructure Private  Limited (ETIPL). On June 29, 2010, it acquired 113 towers from Telefonica Chile S.A. As of December 31, 2010, the Company acquired 475 towers from  Telefonica del Peru S.A.A.

This is a covered call trade for monthly income using AMT as the underlying stock.  AMT has a neutral equity score of 5.8 in a 10 point scalle by analyst covering the stock.

OPTION STRATEGY:

Look at the January 2012 59.65 covered call. For each 100 shares of American Tower Corp (AMT) stock you buy, sell one January 59.65 covered call option for a 57.19 (58.69 – 1.50) debit or better.  That’s potentially a 4.3% assigned return.

STOCK TECHNICALS:

The technicals for AMT are bullish with a weak upward trend.  The stock is under accumulation with support at 57.67.  S&P rates this stock 5 STARS (out of five) – strong buy.

RESEARCH NOTES:
S&P maintains strong buy opinion on shares of American Tower (AMT) .  AMT announced it plans to acquire roughly 2,500 towers from Telefonica’s (TEF) subsidiary inMexico, Pegasos PCS, for roughly $500M.  We view the planned deal as a positive as it roughly doubles AMT’s exposure to Mexico and these towers should benefit from the recent spectrum auctions and the launch of new technologies.  We believe this also demonstrates AMT’s desire to remain in a growth mode while also looking to achieve REIT status. We maintain our 12-month target price of $74, based on 24X our ’12 free cash flow estimate, a slight premium to peers.

 

Selling Time Value of Options

When selling time value, you will use a different philosophy than those stock investors looking for a stock to go up in price.  Your gains will come from the time value of the options you will sell.  This approach to stock selection is unusual.  Most investors use fundamental analysis or technical analysis while you will use the time value of s stock’s options, tempered by fundamentals and long-term hold principles.

Deciding to create a covered call trade requires choosing an expiration month and strike price.  Option strategies require making modifications during the life of an option trade.  The option expiration month you select will have significant impact on the success of any option trade.

There are at least four different expiration months available for every stock on which options trade.  Initially, the CBOE set up only four months for options but later LEAPS were introduced so it was possible for options to be traded for more than four months on stocks with LEAPS options.  When stock options first began trading, each stock was assigned to one of three cycles: January, February or March.  Stocks assigned to January cycles will offer options in the months of January, April, July and October.  The same quarterly sequence will hold for the February and March option cycles.  Under the new rules, the first two months are always available but for the later months the original option cycles are used.

To select a stock for your covered call portfolio, you must have available a current option chain list.  You can select the expiration month based on the time value of the stock options and the strike price.  Then, if the stock meets your stock selection criteria, but it as the underlying stock in your portfolio.

To get an annual return of 20% or more, you must find available options with time value that will produce a 2% return each month or 5% each three months on the price of the stock.  Using the option chain list, you can calculate the percentage of stock price that the time value represents.  Of all the optionable stocks, you can find at least 5 to 10 stocks to consider.  If the time value seems attractive, then look at the fundamental and technical analysis to make your decisions.

Personally, I like to sell an option in the current or next month with a time value return of no less than 3%.  However, I will caution all covered writers
to proceed with caution if the time value return is very high as usually there is something pending with the underlying stock such as a news event, earning
release and other items.  Volatility can play a significant role in the pricing of options so the higher priced time value options usually have a significantly higher volatility.

Support and Resistance levels for the Covered Call Writer

One of the keys to covered call writing success is knowing how to determine support and resistance levels.  A support level is a stock price low that the price has hit and recovered from to advance back up due to more buying than selling of shares.  This is referred to as the trading floor until a stock price breaks below it.  The resistance level is a higher level that the stock price has hit and pulled back due to more selling than buying of shares.  This ceiling acts as resistance that the stock price must break through to advance higher.

The more times the price has hit a support or resistance level, the stronger it is and more difficult to move through it.  The longer it takes for the stock to test
these levels, the stronger they are to break through.  For example, an intraday test is not as strong as a one week test of these levels.  The higher the stock volume at the level, the stronger the level is holding.  For example, if volume is above average and the stock price doesn’t break out then the level will hold and be more difficult to go through.

Most technicians draw the support and resistance levels at the lowest and highest price points on a stock chart.  If stock price reached a certain support or
resistance level multiple times, you can safely disregard a single price spike above or below these levels.

How can the covered call writer use these support and resistance levels.  If a quality stock has successfully tested the support levels, then you know where the price bottom is for that stock.  You can also use the support level to tell you when to react as a break below support requires a new decision on what to do with your covered call – close it, roll out, etc.  The other use of support and resistance for the call writer is to delay entering a new trade when a support or resistance level is being tested.  These price points should be watched closely to see if they hold.  If they do not hold, then be prepared to make
a decision on managing the covered call trade.

Covered Call Write on Agilent Technologies (A)

Below is the option strategy for a covered write on Agilent Technologies (A).  This will produce monthly investment income over a 30 day time period.

OPTION STRATEGY:

Look at the December 2011 39 covered call.  For each 100 shares of Agilent Technologies (A) stock you buy, sell one December 2011 39 covered call option for a 37.65 (39.85 – 2.20) debit or better.  That’s potentially a 3.6% assigned return in 30 days or comparable to a 43.8% annualized return.

TECHNICALS:

The technicals for A are bullish with a weak upward trend. The stock is under accumulation with support at 37.03. S&P rates this stock 4 STARS (out of five) – buy.

RISK:

For investors seeking more downside protection, buy the May 2012 37 PUT for $4.50.  Sell the put when you exit the covered call trade.  The PUT protection is optional and not required to place the covered call trade.

RESEARCH NOTES:
S&P maintains buy opinion on shares of Agilent (A).  Oct-Q adjusted EPS of $0.84 vs. $0.65 is $0.04 ahead of our estimate.  Sales rose 10%, slightly below our 11% forecast.  Electronic measurement gained 12%, Chemical Analysis increased 4%, and Life Sciences grew 9%.  We are encouraged by the solid growth in Life Sciences, but see continued uncertainty in the U.S. government and academic end-markets. Agilent (A) indicated surprisingly stable and improving European academic markets.  The company guides FY 12 (Oct.) sales of $6.85B-$7.15B and EPS of $3.00-$3.35, in line with our estimates.  We keep our 12-month target price at $48.
Covered call write on Agilient Tecnology

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