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A Covered Call Trade on Microsoft

Investor sentiment turned strongly bearish recently as emerging markets were hit by both country-specific problems and the realization that the Fed’s trimmed bond-buying program reduces the liquidity that has boosted higher-yielding emerging market assets and put a floor under U.S. stock prices.

The broad selloff in emerging markets over the recent weeks translated into the worst week for global stocks in seven months. The S&P 500 slid 2.6 percent, its largest weekly decline since June 2012.  Still, the S&P 500 is just 3.1 percent below its record closing high.  If the bears stay put, then the market could pull back over the coming months.

Due to the selling on Wall Street, investors were willing to pay more for spot protection against a drop in the S&P 500.  At this time, investors are concerned a market pullback may be overdue.

Investors should consider looking at blue chip stocks with low betas, nice dividend yields and sell some calls for downside protection and additional income.  A good choice is Microsoft (MSFT) with a current dividend yield of 2.77 percent and a beta of only 0.78.  In addition, the Company just beat earnings estimate and year over year earnings.

For the fiscal second quarter ended Dec. 31, revenue rose 14% to $24.52 billion, partly reflecting the release in November of a new Xbox videogame console and a fresh version of Microsoft’s

Surface tablet computer ahead of the holidays.

Overall, net income climbed to $6.56 billion, or 78 cents a share, compared with $6.38 billion, or 76 cents a share, in the year-ago quarter.  Analysts, on average, estimated Microsoft would post earnings of 68 cents a share on revenue of $23.7 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.

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The company said its devices and consumer revenue grew 13% to $11.91 billion, while commercial revenue increased 10% to $12.67 billion.

On November 19, 2013 the board of directors at Microsoft had approved a dividend of $0.28 per share. The dividend is payable on March 13, 2014 to shareholders of record on February 20, 2014.

The stock has landed on the “Jefferies Highest Conviction Franchise Picks for Big Upside in 2014.”  Jeffries had this to say about Microsoft in this report, “With the Xbox One poised to be one of the fastest selling gaming consoles ever, the fourth-quarter sales for the company were outstanding. Investors are paid a very solid 3.1% dividend. The Jefferies price target for the software giant is $42.”

Last week, analysts at Deutsche Bank have upgraded their coverage of Microsoft to a Buy rating from a Hold, while raising their price target on the stock to $40 from $32 a share.

Also, Microsoft has an equity summary score of 9.4 out of 10 for a very bullish outlook according to a consensus of analysts.

Investors can look at selling a call option to get some downside protection and additional premium for income.  The basics of a covered call is that an investor can sell one call for every 100 shares of stock owned.

One potential covered call trade is to sell the March or April 2014 38 call option.  Under this scenario, your Microsoft shares will be called away if the stock price is above the strike price of 38 on March 22. So the investor is giving away the stock price upside as long as they are short the call.

However, investors will receive a call premium for each call sold.  This gives the investor downside protection to around the $36 price level.  Investors will also get the $0.28 dividend.  In total, this covered call trade with the cash dividend can potentially create a 5% return over the next 2 months.

Covered Call Trades of the Month

Investors have been bracing for anything that could reverse at the last minute the market’s year-long rally, which saw the Dow and S&P 500 hit record highs again this week. The S&P 500 is up 26 percent this year and registered a sixth week of gains on Friday.  However, income investors seeking to trade covered call investments have been performing well too.

Below are two successful trades from the past month listed in the Monthly Income Plan at getrichinvestments.com .  Each month, income investors are creating income streams from selling covered call options against high quality stocks.  Here are some winning trades from the current newsletter:

Covered Call on USG Corp (USG)

STRATEGY: Look at the Nov 27 covered call. For each 100 shares of USG stock you buy, sell one Nov 27 covered call option for a $25.50 ($26.65 – $1.15) debit or better.

Actions: USG is currently trading at $27.66 at the close on 11/15 so the 27 call we sold is ITM.  These shares and call options will be called away.

This is a 5.88% return for one month and an estimated 70% annualized return.

 

Covered Call on Flour Corp (FLR)

 

STRATEGY: Look at the November 2013 77.5 covered call. For each 100 shares of FLR stock you buy, sell one Nov 2013 77.5 covered call option for a $74.89 (77.19 – 2.30) debit or better.  That’s potentially a 3.49% assigned return.

Actions: FLR is currently trading at $79.36 so the 77.5 call we sold is ITM.  These shares and call options will be called away on Friday (11/15).

This is a 3.49% return for one month and an estimated 42% annualized return.

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.

September 2012 Monthly Income Plan Update

As we approach the end of the September 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 be adding one new perpetual covered call each month to keep fresh ideas on the table. We will follow the progress of the perpetual covered calls each month the year. 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 an YTD total return of 153% including dividends and special dividends.

Stock 2 – Drug Store Company with an YTD total return of 68.1% including dividends.

Stock 3 – Technology Company with an YTD total return of 27.3% including dividends.

Year to date, the SPY (S&P 500) is up 16.1% and the Powershares S&P 500 Buy-Write (PBP) is up 8.16%.

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 September option cycle, this was a great month for our Monthly covered call trades.

We made monthly returns of:

7.83% on GME,

6.91% on LAD,

3.8% on COH, and

3.4% on PSX,

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

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Covered Call Trade on Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (EXPD)

Covered call trade on Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (EXPD).
Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (EXPD) , today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a semi-annual cash dividend of $.25 per share, payable on December 15, 2011 to shareholders of record as of December 1, 2011.
STRATEGY:  Look at the December 2011 42.5 covered call.  For each 100 shares of Expeditors International of Washington Inc (EXPD) stock you buy, sell one December 2011 42.5 call option for a 40.85 (43.65 – 2.80) debit or better. That’s potentially a 4.68% assigned return including the dividend.
TECHNICAL:  The technicals for EXPD are bullish with a weak upward trend.  The stock is under accumulation with support at 45.19.  S&P rates this stock 4 STARS (out of five) – buy.
RISK:   For those seeking downside protection with a blanket put, buy the May 2012 42.5 Put for 4.10.  Sell the put when you exit the covered call trade.
S&P RESEARCH:  S&P reiterates buy opinion on shares of Expeditors International (EXPD) . Q3 EPS is $0.50, vs. $0.44, $0.01 ahead of our estimate and Capital IQ consensus.  However,$0.03 of EPS came from higher non operating income.  Gross revenues were disappointing, but net revenue growth improved on better airfreight margins.  We think EXPD did a good job in a difficult operating environment, and believe it remains well positioned for an eventual improvement in shipping demand.  We cut our ’11 and ’12 EPS forecasts to $1.80 and $1.98from $1.89 and $2.28.  We cut our target price to $60 from $65, 30X our ’12 estimate, in the middle of EXPD’s historical range.

Want To Create A Second Income?

Louisville, KY, October 28 2011 – Get Rich Investments, an online leader in helping individuals to create income producing investments, has a newsletter to guide investors seeking a second income.  This is one of the most valuable tools for investors to learn how to create monthly income from stocks and option strategies.

Does the idea of using an income investing strategy to create a second income every month on your funds appeal to you?  Get Rich Investments has created the Get Rich Monthly Income Plan to teach individuals how to create multiple streams of investing income.  This is a low-cost newsletter providing the following services:

    1. A list of CEFs (closed-end funds) that pay monthly dividends month after month. These investments can pay more than 10% annually and can sometimes be purchased at a discount to net asset value.
    2. A list of covered call trades consisting of high quality stocks such as the S&P 5-star research rating of the best stocks that are recommended as strong buys. These lists are updated each week with select trades added daily.
    3. Low risk investments to minimize market risk and to prevent your portfolio from taking a big lost in such uncertain market environments like we are experiencing today.
    4. We have created a strategy called the Blanket Put that will protect your investment from market downturns. The Blanket Put is your safety blanket to protect your portfolio from market downturns. This is worth the membership fee by itself.
    5. Access to multiple education resources to better learn how to be a more successful investor. Trades don’t end when you make a stock buy, sell a call, or complete the trade. Here we want members to be educated about how to manage a trade and when to take action.

The Get Rich Monthly Income Plan diversifies risk by seeking multiple streams of income. You can create monthly income by: covered call trades, covered LEAPS, calendar spread trades, monthly dividend CEFs and dividends from owning high quality, conservative stocks. That is 5 streams of income from this simple list as we focus on “cash flow” to the investor to improve your quality of life.

We have more than 20 years experience in the markets including trading covered calls and monthly income investments.  In addition, we have Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from a top business school and other experience in corporate finance and strategy.  We have authored several books including the original Get Rich – Stay Rich: Investing for Monthly Income that is currently on sale at Amazon and other bookstores around the world. It is important to you that your monthly income is in qualified, experienced investor hands who can be trusted to deliver the best trades.

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How To Make Money On Stagnate Stocks

After bottoming out in March 2009, the equities market bounced back with an impressive two-year march higher. But faster than you can say “Happy birthday, bull market,” violent clashes in the Middle East and utter devastation in Japan sent stocks reeling over a matter of mere weeks.
So, if you’re like most U.S. investors, you’ve probably got quite a few stocks in your portfolio that are now trading below freshly tagged multi-year highs. Since previous price peaks can act as areas of technical resistance, it’s only natural to be concerned about a forthcoming period of consolidation. Or, to be brutally honest — stagnation.

Fortunately, there’s a simple option strategy any investor can use to generate immediate income on his equity investments — even during those frustrating times when the market is grinding sideways.

A covered call is an option that you sell (or write) on a stock that you’re holding in your portfolio. By selling to open one call option, you’re accepting the obligation to deliver 100 shares of the underlying equity at the strike price of the option, should the stock price surpass the strike price, prior to the contract’s expiration date (in other words, should the option go “in the money”).

To build your cash-collecting call trade, take a look at a price chart of the security in question. You’ll need to pinpoint where you expect the shares to find resistance, because the strike price of your sold call(s) should generally correlate with this price zone.

In the best-case scenario, you want your sold call to expire worthless — or “out of the money” — so that you can (a) retain the entire premium received as pure profit; and (b) avoid taking any further action to close out the trade, which would rack up additional brokerage costs.

On the other hand, a call that’s too far away from the stock’s current price will barely be worth the effort. To see what we mean, simply check out the option chain of any given stock. As your eye travels over higher and higher strike prices, you’ll see the premiums begin to vanish.

Luckily, in the age of 1-point and 2.50-point strike prices for many popular stocks, it’s much easier than ever before to find a happy medium for your focus strike.

Once you’ve selected your ideal strike price, you’ll want to narrow your focus to shorter-term options. The comparatively richer option premiums of longer-dated contracts may be tempting, but trust us — the covered call strategy is best conducted over a relatively narrow window of time.

Put simply: The shorter the time frame of your trade, the less opportunity the shares have to rally above your focus strike. Plus, the effects of time decay are more pronounced on options that are closer to expiration — and in an option-writing strategy, time decay is your best friend. As the contracts shed their time value at an accelerating pace, they’ll naturally decline in price. This means the calls will be cheaper to buy back in the event that you should decide to liquidate your position ahead of expiration.

Investors should also be aware of the stock’s historical volatility, particularly as it relates to the option’s implied volatility. Equities with relatively low historical volatility (that is, slow-moving stocks) are attractive covered call candidates, because it suggests a relatively low probability of drastic price swings that could put you at risk of assignment. When implied volatility is inflated relative to historical volatility, it points to prime premium-selling opportunities.

On that same note, though, don’t forget to check the corporate calendar. A looming event, such as an earnings report or product launch, could be the underlying cause of inflated volatility. These events can often translate to significant price changes in the underlying stock, which raises the risk profile of a sold call position.

So, having selected an appropriate strike price and expiration month, your next responsibility is to place the trade with your broker. In order to make sure this is a covered call, be sure you sell no more than one option contract for every 100 shares of stock you own. Pocket your premium, and then sit back and wait for the options to expire worthless, as you predicted.

However, following a two-year rise in the broader equities market, it’s quite possible that you’re holding a few stocks in your portfolio that have delivered healthy returns. If you’re satisfied with the gains you’ve collected and are ready to move your investing capital elsewhere, writing covered calls is a savvy way to “get paid to get out.”

Monthly Income Portfolio – June 2011

Today we started actual trading in the Monthly Income Portfolio through Thinkorswim trading.  The trading is in real time with actual market prices and commissions.  The rules are as following for this trading portfolio:

  • Enter positions by selling puts to collect the option premium.  We will not sell a put unless we have the capital to cover the stock if exercised and we are forced to purchase the stock;
  • If we are put the stock, we will sell covered calls to earn more premium from the stock.  If the covered call is exercised, we will let the stock get called away from us.  Then, we have a decision to go back to selling puts to re-enter the position;
  • We will take the gains from the monthly income and invest in monthly dividend stocks on a monthly basis.  This creates a safer method to earn monthly dividends to protect our capital while earning monthly income;
  • The portfolio will maintain a cash level of 10% in case of trade adjustments as needed.

As rules indicate, we enter positions by selling puts to collect the premium income.  We have selected 5 stocks to sell July 2011 expiration puts on: BX, COH, UA, POT and CMI.  The total put premiums collected is $4530.00 (see graphic below) for the next 30 days.  This is a 4.53% return on the initial starting balance of $100,000.  We will monitor these puts to see how the positions play out over the next month.   If these options are put to us, then we will sell August 2011 calls on the shares we own.  If option is not exercised, we will sell more puts for premium in August 2011.

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The Monthly Income Portfolio

n the past we discussed how to create a monthly income portfolio using puts, covered calls and monthly income dividend stocks.  Now, we have teamed with TradeMonster to create a paper trading account so you can follow the trades we place each month in this account.  

The account has $100,000 in cash and can trade $200,000 in total through margin. The basic rules of trading in this account are:

  • Enter positions by selling puts to collect the option premium.  We will not sell a put unless we have the capital to cover the stock if exercised and we are forced to purchase the stock;
  • If we are put the stock, we will sell covered calls to earn more premium from the stock.  If the covered call is exercised, we will let the stock get called away from us.  Then, we have a decision to go back to selling puts to re-enter the position;
  • We will take the gains from the monthly income and invest in monthly dividend stocks on a monthly basis.  This creates a safer method to earn monthly dividends to protect our capital while earning monthly income;
  • The portfolio will maintain a cash level of 10% in case of trade adjustments as needed.

This is the easiest method to learn how to create a monthly income portfolio.  We will track the performance of the portfolio on a regular basis.  The majority of trades will occur around option expiration and the following week.  We will look to trade the monthly options on the puts and covered call strategies.

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We will begin trading near the May 2011 option expiration date.  The goal of the trading account is to create a monthly income that can compound over time.  Your goal is to learn how this is done so you can create your own monthly income portfolio.  This portfolio can be created with a much lower capital than $100K.  You will just need to adjust the number of option contracts per trade to the amount of capital in your account.

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