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Income Option Trade for a 12% Return

In our Monthly Income Report, we look for opportunities to utilize option selling to generate consistent income. While we focus on selling cash-secured puts and covered calls on high quality stocks, we sometimes identify high return trades for increased income. These are stocks with positive confirmation and continuing chart trend based on technical analysis. This month we have identified a stock with a bullish technical indicator that has potential to generate a 12% return in only 40 days.

The option trade for monthly income:

Stock: CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizer, and other nitrogen products. The Company’s nitrogen fertilizer products are ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate solution (UAN) and ammonium nitrate (AN). Its other nitrogen products include diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), urea liquor, nitric acid and aqua ammonia, which are sold primarily to the Company’s industrial customers, and compound fertilizer products (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium or NPKs). The Company’s segments include ammonia, granular urea, UAN, AN and other.

The stock has pulled back from its February levels due to industry pricing pressures. Revenues are likely to rise 13% in 2017 and 6.9% in 2018, after falling 15% in 2016. We see steady North American fertilizer demand growth in 2017, but some pressure on prices. However, new production is likely to lead to increased volumes for CF in 2017. We think market conditions will start to improve with this earnings release as capacity additions slow and Chinese capacity reductions continue.

This stock has formed a diamond bottom pattern (Bullish), providing a target stock price for the short-term above $30 per share. We think the stock can hit the target price within 6 weeks or less. The price recently displayed stronger RSI and positive PMO movements signaling a new uptrend has been established. The Short-Term KST indicator has triggered a bullish signal by rising above its moving average.

Recent bullish option flow has been detected in CF Industries with 5,006 calls trading, 3x expected, and implied volatility increasing almost 4 points to 41.09%. Aug-17 32.5 calls and Aug-17 30 calls are the most active options, with total volume in those strikes near 2,500 contracts. The Put/Call Ratio is 0.22. Earnings are expected on August 2nd.

Sell PUT Option for Monthly Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strategy: CF is currently trading at $27.89 per share. We want to sell a cash-secured put option on CF using the August 2017 30 Call. For each 100 shares of CF you want to control, sell one August 30 PUT option for a $3.00 credit or better. That’s potentially a 12.0% assigned return in 40 days.

Exit Trade: Be prepared to exit the PUT (buy to close) when the stock price moves above $30 to lock in profits. If not, there is a chance the stock may be put to investors. If this happens, then investors can sell covered calls for monthly income until the stock is called away.

This is a higher risk trade than we normally place in the Monthly Income Report. However, this is a nice setup with a high volatility play, positive chart technical confirmation and increased premium from selling options for monthly income.

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Order Some Special Dividends from these Stocks

Saratoga Investment Corp. (NYSE: SAR) declared a special dividend of $2.65 per share.  The dividend will be payable on December 27, 2013, to stockholders of record on November 13, 2013, with an ex-dividend date of November 8, 2013.  The annual yield on the dividend is 13.9 percent.

The dividend will be paid in cash or shares of the Company’s common stock at the election of the shareholders, although the total amount of cash to be distributed to all shareholders will be limited to approximately 20% of the total dividend to be paid to all shareholders. The remainder of the dividend (approximately 80%) will be paid in the form of shares of the Company’s common stock. This dividend is being made in accordance with certain applicable Treasury regulations and private letter rulings on cash/stock dividends issued by the IRS over the years that allow a publicly-traded regulated investment company to satisfy its distribution requirements from a distribution paid partly in common stock provided that at least 20% of the distribution is payable in cash and certain other requirements are satisfied. The dividend includes a carry-over balance of $3.9 million from the Company’s fiscal year 2013 taxable income and a significant portion of the Company’s fiscal year 2014 estimated taxable income.

Cohen & Steers, Inc. (NYSE: CNS) declared a special dividend of $1.00 per share. The dividend will be payable on December 20, 2013, to stockholders of record on December 2, 2013. The annual yield on the dividend is 2.6 percent.

Wynn Resorts Ltd (NASDAQ: WYNN) declared a special dividend of $3.00 per share.  The dividend will be payable on December 6, 2013, to stockholders of record on November 20, 2013, with an ex-dividend date of November 18, 2013.  The annual yield on the dividend is 1.8 percent.

Complete List of Special Dividends

More companies have unveiled a special dividend or accelerated dividend payout, as they have sought to avoid potentially higher taxes next year amid heated “fiscal cliff” deliberations inWashington.

In January, $500 billion in automatic tax increases and spending cuts–dubbed the “fiscal cliff”–will begin if Congress and the White House don’t intervene. Dozens of companies already have moved their quarterly dividend payouts to December instead of early 2013 to avoid possible higher taxes, while others have approved one-time special dividend payments for December.

Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISSC) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special cash dividend in the amount of $1.50 per share. The dividend will be payable on or about December 27, 2012 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 17, 2012. The dividend yield is 35.8%.

SEACOR Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CKH) announced that its Board of Directors declared a Special Dividend of $5.00 per common share. The Special Dividend is payable to shareholders of record on December 17, 2012, and is expected to be paid on or about December 26, 2012. The Company expects that its common stock will trade ex-dividend beginning on December 12, 2012. The dividend yield is 5.6%.

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) , an automated global electronic broker and market maker, announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share on the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock. The dividend is payable on December 28, 2012 to shareholders of record as of December 21, 2012.  The dividend yield is 6.6%.

Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ: KFRC) , a provider of professional staffing services and solutions, announced that the Board of Directors has declared a special cash dividend on Kforce common stock of $1.00 per share, payable December 27, 2012, to shareholders of record as of the close of business onDecember 17, 2012. The dividend yield is 7.7%.

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE: HY) today announced that the Board of Directors declared a one-time special cash dividend of $2.00per share, and authorized a stock repurchase program for up to a total of $50 million of shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock. The dividends are payable on both the Class A and Class B Common Stock, and will be paidDecember 27, 2012 to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 17, 2012.  The dividend yield is 4.5%.

Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCVL) a leading retailer of value-priced footwear and accessories, announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the payment of a quarterly cash dividend and a special cash dividend.  The quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share and the special cash dividend of $1.00 per share will be paid on December 28, 2012, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 17, 2012.  The dividend yield is 4.85%.

Abaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAX) , a medical products company manufacturing point-of-care blood analysis systems, today announced that its Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share on its outstanding common stock.  The dividend will be payable on December 28, 2012 to all shareholders of record at the close of business on December 17, 2012. The dividend yield is 2.7%.

Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc. (NASDAQ: BAGL) said it has completed its strategic review process by recapitalizing the company and issued a special dividend of $4 a share.  The special dividend is payable on Dec. 27 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 17 and will cost the company about $68 million.  The dividend yield is 25.33%.

Geo Group Inc.’s (NYSE: GEO) board has authorized a special per-share dividend of $5.68 will cost GEO about $350 million and will be paid onDec. 31 to shareholders of record on Dec. 12. Shareholders can choose to receive the payment in cash–the amount of which is subject to a lottery–or common stock.  The dividend yield is 19.3%.

P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTSI) today announced its Board of Directors has approved a special one-time dividend of$1.00 per share. The dividend is payable on December 28, 2012 to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 17, 2012.  The dividend yield is 10.98%.

HCA Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HCA) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a special cash dividend of $2.00 per share to be paid to shareholders of record as of December 17, 2012 with a payment date of December 21, 2012. The dividend yield is 6.02%.

McGraw-Hill Cos.’s (NYSE: MHP) board approved a special dividend of $2.50 a share, to be paid Dec. 27. The special dividend, which will cost the company about $ 694 million, supersedes its previously disclosed plans to repurchase up to $200 million of stock during the remainder of the year.  The dividend yield is 4.61%.

Tree.com, Inc., (NASDAQ: TREE) the parent company of wholly owned subsidiary LendingTree, LLC, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share.  The $1.00 special cash dividend is payable on December 26, 2012 to shareholders of record on December 17, 2012.  The dividend yield is 6.1%.

The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 per common share and has accelerated the next two regular quarterly cash dividend payments totaling $0.17 per common share. The dividends are payable on December 28, 2012 to shareholders of record on December 17, 2012.  The dividend yield is 9.9%.

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROW) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share payable December 28, 2012 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 17, 2012.  The dividend yield is 1.54%.

Heico Corp. (NYSE: HEI), an aircraft parts and repair company, boosted its previously unveiled special dividend by $1, to $2.14 a share–now costing the company about $114 million. The payment has been scheduled around Dec. 31.  The dividend yield is 5.2%.

Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: CFFN) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a True Blue® dividend of $0.52 per share on outstanding CFFN common stock.  The cash dividend will be paid on December 28, 2012 to holders of record on December 21, 2012.  With this dividend, the Company will have paid cash dividends of $1.00 per share in calendar year 2012.  The special dividend yield is 4.4%.

Harte-Hanks, Inc. (NYSE: HHS) today reported that its board of directors has declared a cash dividend of 8.5 cents per share payable on December 28, 2012, to the holders of record of shares of common stock of the company at the close of business on December 17, 2012. This dividend is a one-time acceleration of the regular quarterly dividend the company would have ordinarily declared and paid in the first quarter of 2013; the company does not anticipate paying a dividend in the first quarter of 2013.  The special dividend yield is 6.2%.

Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc.  (NASDAQ: DHIL) announced that its board of directors has approved an $8.00 per share special cash dividend to shareholders of record on December 17, 2012 payable December 21, 2012.  The company will finalize tax characterization of the dividend in February 2013 and expects a portion will be return of capital.  The special dividend yield is 10.3%.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc.’s (NYSE: DKS) board approved a special dividend of $2 a share for the company’s common stock and Class B shares, in addition to its previously announced regular quarterly dividend. Both payouts to shareholders are set for Dec. 28. The retailer’s special dividend is expected to cost a combined $245.3 million.  The special dividend yield is 3.9%.

The ProAssurance Corporation (NYSE: PRA) Board of Directors has authorized a 2-for-1 stock split. Following the split, shareholders will also receive a special dividend of $2.50 per common share and a regular dividend of $0.25 per common share.  The special and regular dividend yield is 2.96%.

ePlus inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) , a leading provider of technology solutions, announced that on December 4, 2012, its Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend on ePlus common stock of $2.50 per share. The special dividend will be paid on or around December 26, 2012, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 17, 2012.  The special dividend yield is 6.3%.

RCM Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCMT) announced that its Board of Directors declared a one-time special cash dividend (the “Dividend”) of $1.00 per share, payable on December 27, 2012 to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 20, 2012.  The special dividend yield is 17.5%.

High Yield Dividend Stocks Gaining in a Down Market

U.S. stocks fell on Thursday and could be in line for more weakness as worries about Washington’s ability to find a timely solution to the “fiscal cliff” dominate investor thinking in coming weeks.

The S&P 500 dropped for a second day and closed below its 200-day moving average for the first time in five months.  The moving average is a measure of the market’s long-term trend, and a significant breakthrough that level would be seen as a sign of weakness. Just minutes before the closing bell, stocks accelerated their declines and the S&P 500 fell more than 1 percent.

Since reaching a 52-week closing high of 1,465.77 on Sept. 14, the S&P 500 has dropped 6 percent. On Wednesday, a day after Democratic President Barack Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the U.S. election, the benchmark S&P 500 dropped more than 2 percent for its biggest one-day percentage decline since June 1.

The post election market selloff is based on perceived changes in fiscal policy.  While many investors are concerned about changes to dividend and capital gains, the best bet is to continue to look for long-term investments.

The list below shows the best performing dividend stocks over the past 5 trading days that are considered buys or better by First Call analyst consensus.  All of these stocks have a dividend yield of 3% or higher with a 5-day price performance of 4.85% or better.  Highlights include:

Telular Corporation (WRLS), a global leader in helping businesses use wireless networks for remote monitoring and tracking, announced revenue was up 24% year-over-year to $13.1 million in the fourth quarter and up 18% to$48.4 million for the full year.

Ryanair Holdings Plc (RYAOF) increased fiscal Q2 profit 23% and raised its forecast for full-year earnings, Bloomberg reports.

Questcor Pharmaceuticals (QCOR) reported Q3 earnings of $0.97 per share, versus the Capital IQ consensus of $0.76. Revenues were $140.3 million, versus the analyst estimate of $128.99 million.  In the same period last year, the company reported EPS of $0.37 on revenues of $59.8 million.

Mission West Properties, Inc. (MSW) announced that it has entered into two agreements to dispose of all of its real estate assets for an enterprise value of approximately $1.3 billion, which was unanimously approved by its Board of Directors.  Following completion of these transactions, Mission West intends to liquidate after satisfying outstanding debts, applicable taxes and related transaction costs. Mission West currently estimates these transactions will result in a distribution to stockholders (and the O.P. unit holders that elect to redeem their O.P. units) in the range of $9.20 to $9.28 per share in cash, although the amount ultimately distributed to stockholders may be below this range.

High Yield Dividend Stocks Gaining in a Down Market

Company Name Symbol Security Price Dividend Yield Price Performance (5   Days) First Call Consensus Recommendation
TELULAR CORP
$10.67 4.57% 9.60% Buy (1.7)
RYANAIR HOLDINGS PLC
$35.49 6.19% 9.12% Buy (2.0)
QUESTCOR PHARMACEUTICALS INC.
$25.20 3.09% 8.70% Buy (2.1)
ADVOCAT INC
$5.50 4.00% 8.70% Buy (2.0)
MISSION WEST PROPERTIES INC.
$8.90 5.85% 7.63% Buy (2.3)
LAWSON PRODUCTS INC
$8.90 5.60% 7.13% Buy (2.0)
ERIE INDEMNITY COMPANY
$66.58 3.33% 5.22% Buy (2.0)
CINEMARK HOLDINGS INC
$26.09 3.20% 5.21% Buy (2.1)
OILTANKING PARTNERS LP
$36.73 4.11% 5.03% Buy (2.4)
MAIDEN HOLDINGS LTD
$8.73 4.14% 4.85% Buy (1.8)

 

Get a 9.6% Special Dividend from this Retailer

The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE: BKE) announced that at a meeting of the Board of Directors, held on November 5, 2012, the Board authorized a $4.50 per share special cash dividend to be paid to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 7, 2012.

The Board also authorized a $0.20 per share quarterly dividend to be paid to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 7, 2012. The $0.20 per share quarterly dividend accelerates and replaces the regular quarterly dividend that has historically been paid in January.

Both the special cash dividend and the regular quarterly dividend are payable on December 21, 2012 and will be paid together.

The combined special and regular dividends are a dividend yield of 9.6%.

Buckle Inc. is a retailer of moderate to better-priced casual apparel, footwear and accessories for fashion-conscious men and women between the ages of 15 and 30, with the “sweet spot” being college students and recent college graduates.  About 40% of the company’s merchandise mix is men’s and the remaining 60% women’s.

BKE is known as a denim destination; the company carries more than 1,000 denim styles from over 20 leading brand names, including Buffalo, 7 For All Mankind, Diesel, GStar RAW and Buffalo, as well as its own private label brands such as BKE, ReClaim, Buckle Black and Daytrip.

The company operated 439 stores in 43 states as of August 30, 2012. Stores average about 5,000 square feet, with individual store inventories tailored to reflect climate and seasonal differences, as well as historical sales data. In FY 12 (Jan.), average sales per store were $2.3 million and average sales per square foot were $462, up 8.5% and 7.9% from FY 11, respectively.

The Buckle has an equity summary score of 7.3 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.  The Buckle has a 12-month price target of 52.

List of 8 Special Dividend Offers Before Year End Tax Changes

Given the potential significant increases in tax rates on dividends beginning next year, and their strong levels of capital, it is an opportune time for many companies to provide special dividend distributions to their shareholders before the end of the year.  While most companies are sitting on higher levels of cash than in years past, it is becoming the common thing to pass more dividends to their shareholders before yearend.  Here is a list of notable special dividends being offered to shareholders over the past week.

On October 30, 2012, Select Medical (NYSE: SEM)‘s board of directors declared a special cash dividend of $1.50 per share, totaling approximately $210.8 million.  This special cash dividend will be paid on or about December 12, 2012 to all stockholders of record at the close of business on December 5, 2012. The special dividend has a current yield of 13%.

“The dividend allows us to return capital to stockholders without diminishing our ability to pursue investment and acquisition opportunities,” stated Robert A. Ortenzio, Select Medical’s Chief Executive Officer. The dividend is expected to be funded with cash on hand and borrowings under Select Medical’s existing revolving credit facility.  Select Medical (SEM) anticipates using approximately $100.0 million of available cash on hand toward the funding of the dividend.  Select Medical’s leverage ratio (total debt to Adjusted EBITDA) at September 30, 2012 was 3.35, compared to 3.62 at December 31, 2011.

Select Medical has an equity summary score of 9.6 out of 10 for a VERY BULLISH outlook.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI) says its board has declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share and a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share on the company’s Class A and Class B common stock. The dividends are payable on December 14, 2012, to the holders of record at the close of business on November 30, 2012.

 

The combined dividend is a yield of 9.25%. Sinclair Broadcast has an equity summary score of 9.9 out of 10 for a VERY BULLISH outlook.

 

Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH) announced that its Board of Directors approved a 5% stock dividend payable on December 17, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 30, 2012. Commerce Bancshares closed at $38.38.  This makes the 5% stock dividend worth $1.92 in current stock value.

For beginners, Commerce Bancshares is offering .05 shares of stock for each 1 share owned by the investor (this excludes fractional shares).  For example, an investor holding 100 shares of CBSH will receive an additional 5 shares for their 5% stock dividend.

Also the Board of Directors approved a regular quarterly dividend of $0.23 per share on the company’s common stock and also authorized a special cash dividend of $1.50 per share.  This is a combined cash yield of 4.51% for the special and regular dividends.

Both dividend payments will be payable December 17 to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 30, 2012. The dividend will not be payable on any shares to be issued pursuant to the 5% stock dividend also declared on this date.

Commerce Bancshares has an equity summary score of 7.6 out of 10 for a BULLISH outlook.

HollyFrontier Corp.’s (NYSE: HFC) Board of Directors approved a 33% increase in its regular quarterly cash dividend to $0.20 per share from the current rate of $0.15 per share. The regular dividend will be paid on December 21, 2012 to holders of record of common stock on December 10, 2012.

The company also announced today a special cash dividend in the amount of $0.50 per share. The special dividend will be paid on November 30, 2012 to holders of record of common stock on November 15, 2012.

HFC is trading at $37.72 making the combined dividend payout with a yield of 1.86%.  HollyFrontier Corp has an equity summary score of 9.7 out of 10 for a VERY BULLISH outlook.

Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI)  announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share, payable onDecember 11, 2012 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 27, 2012.  The special dividend is a yield of 4.5%.

The payout for the special $1.00 per share cash dividend announced today is expected to be about $57.2 million, based on the current shares outstanding, and will be reflected in the company’s fourth quarter and full year 2012 financial statements.  The special dividend payout represents only a portion of the company’s cash reserves, which the Board believes is sufficient to cover operational needs, and fund continued research and development investments and strategic initiatives.

Masimo has an equity summary score of 6.9 out of 10 for a NEUTRAL outlook.

Astec Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTE) announced that the Board of Directors declared a special one-time dividend of $1.00 per share to be paid on December 12, 2012 to shareholders of record as of November 20, 2012. The special dividend is a yield of 11.1%. Astec Industries has an equity summary score of 2.6 out of 10 for a BEARISH outlook.

Commenting on the declaration of the Astec dividend, Dr. Brock said, “We have maintained a strong balance sheet for several years but have not found the right acquisitions in which to invest our excess cash.  While acquisitions are still a high priority for us, the Board of Directors decided to declare a special one-time dividend as a tangible return of value to our shareholders while the tax rates are still advantageous.”

On November 1, 2012 the board of directors at Universal American Corp (NYSE: UAM) approved a dividend of 1.00 per share. The dividend is payable on November 19, 2012 to shareholders of record on November 12, 2012.  The special dividend is a yield of 11.1%. Universal American has an equity summary score of 2.6 out of 10 for a BEARISH outlook.

The Board of Directors of RGC Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: RGCO) declared a special dividend of$1.00 per share on the Company’s common stock. The dividend will be paid on December 17, 2012 to shareholders of record on November 30, 2012.  The special dividend is a yield of 5.5%. RGC Resources has an equity summary score of 1.9 out of 10 for a BEARISH outlook.

Company Shares Blowout Earnings with a Special Dividend

Television broadcasting company Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI) sees revenues increase 49% in quarter, 36% in 9 months and net income increase of 59% over 9 months 2012.  Sinclair rewarded shareholders with a special dividend added to the regular quarterly dividend.

The Company announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share and a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share on the Company’s Class A and Class B common stock.  The dividends are payable on December 14, 2012, to the holders of record at the close of business on November 30, 2012.  Sinclair is currently trading at $13.21 so the combined dividend yield is 8.71%.

Net broadcast revenues from continuing operations were $226.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, an increase of 49.0% versus the prior year period result of $151.9 million.  The Company had operating income of $78.6 million in the three-month period, as compared to operating income of $52.4 million in the prior year period.  Net income attributable to the Company was $26.2 million in the three-month period, versus net income of $19.2 million in the prior year period.

The Company reported diluted earnings per common share of $0.32 for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 versus diluted earnings per common share of $0.24 in the prior year period. Excluding $3.4 million in one-time expenses related to the Company’s amendment of its bank credit facility, net of taxes, diluted earnings per share would have been$0.36 in the third quarter 2012.

Net broadcast revenues from continuing operations were $637.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, an increase of 36.5% versus the prior year period result of $467.2 million.  The Company had operating income of $210.2 million in the nine-month period, as compared to operating income of $162.1 million in the prior year period.  Net income attributable to the Company was $85.7 million in the nine-month period, versus net income of$53.1 million in the prior year period.

The Company reported diluted earnings per common share of $1.05 in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012 versus diluted earnings per common share of $0.66 in the prior year period.

Sinclair Broadcast Group has an equity summary score of 9.9 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.  The stock has a 12-month price target of $15.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest and one of the most diversified television broadcasting companies, owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to 74 television stations in 45 markets.  Sinclair’s television group reaches approximately 26.3% of U.S. television households and is affiliated with all major networks.

Get Paid Monthly Income from this new REIT with a Strong Buy Recommendation

American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARCP) is an externally managed real estate company that owns and acquires single tenant free standing commercial real estate properties that are primarily net leased on a medium-term basis generally to investment grade tenants.  The Company commenced operations in September 2011 in conjunction with the closing of its IPO. Prior to that date, ARCP did not hold any real estate properties or have any sources of income or any expenses; the only activity of the Company was limited to organizational activities.

As of September 30, 2012, the Company owned 124 freestanding, single tenant, 100% occupied net leased properties comprised of 2.2 million square feet (excluding one vacant property classified as held-for-sale). These properties are located in 24 states and include 14 tenants, operating in 10 distinct industries.  American Realty Capital has a current dividend yield of 6.93% with monthly distributions.

Funds from operations (“FFO”) for the three months ended September 30, 2012, totaled $1.9 million, or $0.17 per share basic and $0.15 per share fully diluted.  FFO for this period includes one-time net acquisition and transaction related expenses of $0.7 million.  Excluding such one-time costs, core FFO is $2.6 million, or $0.24 per share basic and $0.20 per share fully diluted.

Adjusted funds from operations (“AFFO”) for the three months ended September 30, 2012, totaled $3.1 million, or $0.28 per share basic and$0.24 per share fully diluted.  This represents a 15.0% increase in AFFO per share compared to the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, FFO totaled $2.7 million, or $0.31 per share basic and $0.28 per share fully diluted.  FFO for this period includes one-time net acquisition and transaction related expenses of $3.0 million.  Excluding such one-time costs, core FFO is$5.7 million, or $0.67 per share basic and $0.60 per share fully diluted.

AFFO for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 totaled $6.5 million, or $0.76 per share basic and $0.69 per share fully diluted.

“Our investment strategy is performing exactly as planned and we are witnessing an increasingly rich pipeline.  We are systematically assembling a well-diversified portfolio of free standing, single tenant properties net leased to predominantly investment grade tenants at prices accretive to our dividend,” stated Nicholas S. Schorsch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ARCP.  “During 2012, we acquired approximately $100 million of investment properties at a weighted average capitalization rate of 9.5%.  We recently announced $36 million of additional acquisitions expected to close during the balance of 2012 at equally attractive pricing.  Our core earnings will be favorably affected by these acquisitions.”

On October 1, 2012, ARCP announced its fourth consecutive dividend increase. The Company’s board of directors authorized and the Company declared, on September 30, 2012, an increase in its annual dividend rate to $0.895 per share, beginning November 9, 2012.  On November 15, 2012, the Company will pay the new annual dividend rate to stockholders of record on November 8, 2012.

This is following three prior dividend increases in March, June and September 2012. On February 27, 2012, the Company’s board of directors authorized and the Company declared an increase in its annual dividend rate from $0.875 to $0.880 per share. Accordingly, on March 15, 2012, the Company paid a dividend of $0.0733 per share to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 8, 2012.

Total dividends paid to common stockholders by the Company were $2.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, dividends totaled $5.6 million.

First Call analysts have a consensus “Strong Buy” recommendation with a 1.3 stock rating.

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.

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Homeowners Choice is a Strong Buy with Special Dividend

Homeowners Choice, Inc. (HCII) announced that its board of directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on its common shares in the amount of $0.225 per share, which represents a 12.5% increase over the previous quarterly rate of $0.20 per share.  Homeowners Choice has a current dividend yield of 3.74%.

In addition, the board declared a special dividend of $0.10 per common share.  Both the regular quarterly dividend and the special dividend will be paid Dec. 21, 2012 to shareholders of record on the close of business Nov. 16, 2012.

Homeowners Choice, a leading provider of homeowners’ insurance, today announced that it will transfer the listing of its common stock from the NASDAQ Global Select Market to the New York Stock Exchange. The company expects its shares to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 25, 2012, under the new ticker symbol “HCI.” Until the transfer is complete, the company’s common shares will continue to trade under the ticker symbol “HCII” on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

Better-than-expected second-quarter earnings, growth in revenues and strong credit quality are the primary rank drivers for this stock.

Homeowners Choice reported its second-quarter results on August 1 with earnings per share of 74 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 60 cents by 23.3% and year-ago earnings of 30 cents by 146.7%. Strong results for the quarter were primarily aided by substantially higher net premiums earned. However, slightly lower net investment income and higher expenses were the downsides.

Net premiums earned increased 112.8% to $36.3 million from $17.0 million in the year-ago quarter.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2012 increased 8.8% to $2.46 per share based on two out of three upward estimate revisions over the last 30 days. The current estimate implies year-over-year growth of 101.4%.

For 2013, two out of three estimates was revised higher over the same time frame, lifting the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 23.1% to $2.45 per share.

Homeowners Choice has an equity summary score of 9.7 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.

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