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Now You Can Sell Puts for Income in the New ETF

One of the recent trends in the income investment newsletters is the concept of writing (selling) puts for income.  You had to know that it would only be a matter of time before an ETF would be launched using this concept.  Investors sell put options to collect the premium income as an option strategy to generate investment income.  It is interesting to have an ETF to do the heavy lifting but prudent investors should monitor this new put writing ETF for positive results before buying shares.

Are you ready to sell puts on Netflix (NFLX), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (CMCR) or Salesforce (CRM)?   If Yes, then this ETF is for you.  These and other stocks with current put writes is shown below.

ALPS just launched the U.S. Equity High Volatility Put Write Index Fund (HVPW) . The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before the Fund’s fees and expenses, of an index called the NYSE Arca U.S. Equity High Volatility Put Write Index. The Index reflects the performance of a portfolio of exchange-traded put options on highly volatile stocks.

The ALPS HVPW Fund is designed for investors who seek to obtain income through selling put options, selling 60-day listed put options every 2 months (6 times per year) on 20 stocks. The Fund intends to distribute, at the end of each 60-day period out of net investment income and/or short-term capital gains, an amount of cash equal to 1.5% of the Fund’s net assets at the end of such 60-day period. If the Fund’s net investment income is insufficient to support a 1.5% distribution in any 60-day period, the distribution will be reduced by the amount of the shortfall. Also note while the Fund only intends to make such distributions out of net investment income and/or short-term capital gains, it is possible that in certain circumstances, a portion of a distribution may result in a return of capital (which is a return of the shareholder’s investment in the Fund).

Put options are a type of financial instrument used to provide the owner the right, but not the obligation, to sell the security at a set price, or “strike” price, on or before an expiration date.  Traders who write put options have essentially sold the right to another investor to sell shares at an agreed-upon price. On the other hand, the buyer has the purchased the chance to sell stock to the put writer.

HVPW offers diversification by holding a portfolio of 20 names rolling every 2 months (i.e.120 puts per year).  This is one advantage to the ETF investor who doesn’t have the time or resources to diversify across multiple investments.

At the end of the two month period following expiration of the options the index is decreased by 1.5% to represent the 60 day period distribution, then the new set of 20 stocks are chosen for the new period’s option positions.

 

Here is a list of the initial 20 stocks with put writes:  HPQ ALXN, TRIP, CRM, NU, CTRX, ONXX, NVDA, DISH, MGM, BBY, MNST, CHK, GMCR, NTAP, CIE, NFLX, SHLD, VRTX, STZ

 

HPQ US 04/20/13 P14 -0.01%
ALXN US 04/20/13 P70 -0.01%
TRIP US 04/20/13 P37 -0.02%
CRM US 04/20/13 P150 -0.02%
NU US 04/20/13 P35 -0.02%
CTRX US 04/20/13 P45 -0.04%
ONXX US 04/20/13 P65 -0.04%
NVDA US 04/20/13 P11 -0.04%
DISH US 04/20/13 P31 -0.07%
MGM US 04/20/13 P11 -0.08%
BBY US 04/20/13 P15 -0.08%
MNST US 04/20/13 P42.5 -0.09%
CHK US 04/20/13 P17 -0.09%
GMCR US 04/20/13 P39 -0.10%
NTAP US 04/20/13 P31 -0.11%
CIE US 04/20/13 P22.5 -0.17%
NFLX US 04/20/13 P165 -0.19%
SHLD US 04/20/13 P41 -0.21%
VRTX US 04/20/13 P40 -0.21%
STZ US 04/20/13 P37.5 -0.26%

Covered Calls for April 2011

It is time to begin looking at the next month (April) covered calls at this time.  I have already started a short list of potential trades.  This list is most at-the-money and slightly out-of-money calls.  I have included the S&P Ranking as well as the volatility measures on the chart.  Here is the list. with company profiles below (click image to enlarge).

Get Rich Covered Calls 2011

 
 
 
 
 
 
F5 Networks, Inc. (F5 Networks) is a provider of technology that optimizes the delivery of network-based applications and the security, performance and availability of servers, data storage devices and other network resources. Its technology is hardware and software for application delivery networking, including application security, secure remote access, policy management, wide area network (WAN) optimization and file virtualization. Its principal products are systems that integrate its software with purpose-built hardware that incorporates commodity components. In addition, it introduced a virtual (software only) version of BIG-IP called BIG-IP LTM (VE) that is designed to run on servers and work in conjunction with its systems to provide management of virtual servers and applications. Its BIG-IP product family, which represents the bulk of its sales, supports a growing number of features and functions available as software modules, standalone appliances, or both.
Salesforce.com, Inc. is a provider of enterprise cloud computing applications. It provides a customer and collaboration relationship management (CRM), service to businesses of all sizes and industries worldwide and provides a technology platform for customers and developers to build and run business applications. Cloud computing refers to the use of Internet-based computing, storage and connectivity technology for a variety of different services. The Company designed and developed its offering, which can be deployed, customized and integrated with other software applications. It markets its service to businesses on a subscription basis, primarily through the direct sales efforts and indirectly through partners. In May 2010, the Company acquired Jigsaw. In January 2011, the Company acquired Heroku, the cloud platform for writing Ruby-based applications. In January 2011, the Company acquired Dimdim.
Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (Alpha) is a coal supplier in the United States. The Company is a supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal for use in the steel-making process, and a supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries. It operates 66 mines and 13 coal preparation plants in Northern and Central Appalachia and the Powder River Basin. The Company operates in two segments: Eastern Coal Operations and Western Coal Operations. Eastern Coal Operations consists of the mines in Northern and Central Appalachia, its coal brokerage activities and the Company’s road construction business. Western Coal Operations consists of two Powder River Basin mines in Wyoming. During the year ended December 31, 2010, steam coal and metallurgical coal accounted for approximately 86% and 14% of its coal sales volume. During 2010, Alpha sold a total of 84.8 million tons of steam and metallurgical coal.
Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (Medco) is a healthcare company. It provides clinically-driven pharmacy services designed for private and public employers, health plans, labor unions and government agencies of all sizes, and for individuals served by Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. The Company opertates in two segments: Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) and Specialty Pharmacy. Medco’s advanced pharmacy and clinical research are part of Medco making medicine for more than 65 million members. It offers clinically-based programs that identify drug waste. Pharmacy management includes mail-order service, retail pharmacy networks, specialty pharmacy management, call center pharmacies and reimbursement services. Its Internet-based services offer sites for clients and retail pharmacists that provide interactive tools. On January 29, 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of DNA Direct Inc. On September 16, 2010, Medco acquired United BioSource Corporation (UBC).
Newfield Exploration Company (Newfield) is an independent oil and gas company engaged in the exploration, development and acquisition of oil and gas properties. The Company’s domestic areas of operation include the Mid-Continent, the Rocky Mountains, onshore Texas, Appalachia and the Gulf of Mexico. Internationally, the Company operates in Malaysia and China. Mid-Continent division is focused primarily in the Anadarko and Arkoma basins. Its Greater Monument Butte is the Greater Monument Butte field area, located in the Uinta Basin of Utah. During the year ended December 31, 2010, approximately 82% of its proved reserves and 90% of its probable reserves were located in resource plays, primarily in the Mid-Continent and the Rocky Mountains. As of December 31, 2010, Newfield had proved reserves of 3.7 one trillion cubic feet equivalent. On February 11, 2010, the Company acquired some of TXCO Resources Inc. (TXCO’s) assets in the Maverick Basin of southwest Texas.
Holly Corporation is an independent petroleum refiner that produces light products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, specialty lubricant products, and specialty and modified asphalt. The Company’s operations are organized into two reportable segments: Refining and Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (HEP). As of December 31, 2009, it owned and operated three refineries consisting of a petroleum refinery in Artesia, New Mexico that is operated in conjunction with crude oil distillation and vacuum distillation and other facilities situated 65 miles away in Lovington, New Mexico (collectively, the Navajo Refinery), a refinery in Woods Cross, Utah (the Woods Cross Refinery) and the Tulsa Refinery; owned and operated Holly Asphalt Company, which manufactures and markets asphalt products from various terminals in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas; owned a 75% interest in a 12-inch refined products pipeline project from Salt Lake City, Utah to Las Vegas, Nevada, and owned a 34% interest in HEP.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Vertex) is engaged in the business of discovering, developing and commercializing small molecule drugs for the treatment of diseases. The Company is engaged in phase-I clinical trials and/or nonclinical activities with respect to a range of additional drug candidates, including compounds intended for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, cystic fibrosis (CF) and influenza. In November 2010, the Company submitted a new drug application (NDA), requesting approval to market telaprevir in the United States for the treatment of patients with chronic HCV infection.

Covered Call Trades for March

Next friday (1/18/2011) is the closing date for February options.  I like to begin looking ahead at the next month (March) at this time.  I have already started a short list of potential trades.  This list is most at-the-money and slightly out-of-money calls.  I have included the S&P Ranking as well as the volatility measures on the chart.  Here is the list. with company profiles below.

Click image to enlarge.

 
Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (Medco) is a healthcare company. It provides clinically-driven pharmacy services designed to improve the quality of care and lower total healthcare costs for private and public employers, health plans, labor unions and government agencies of all sizes, and for individuals served by Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. During the fiscal year ended December 26, 2009 (fiscal 2009), the Company administered 695 million prescriptions. In January 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of DNA Direct Inc. In April 2008, Medco acquired a majority interest in Europa Apotheek Venlo B.V. (Europa Apotheek), which provides mail-order pharmacy services in Germany. In 2009, Medco formed a joint venture with United Drug plc, a pan-European healthcare provider, to provide home-based pharmacy care services in the United Kingdom for patients covered by the country’s National Health Service.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Vertex) is engaged in the business of discovering, developing and commercializing small molecule drugs for the treatment of serious diseases. Telaprevir, the Company’s lead drug candidate, is an oral hepatitis C protease inhibitor and a new class of antiviral treatments in clinical development that target hepatitis C virus (HCV), infection. Telaprevir is being evaluated in a registration program focused on treatment-naïve and treatment-failure patients with genotype 1 HCV infection. VX-770, the lead drug candidate in its cystic fibrosis (CF), program is being evaluated in a registration program that focuses on patients with CF who have the G551D mutation in the gene responsible for CF. Vertex is conducting a number of Phase IIa clinical trials of its earlier-stage drug candidates. On March 12, 2009, Vertex acquired ViroChem Pharma Inc. (ViroChem).
Oshkosh Corporation (Oshkosh) is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of a range of vehicles and vehicle bodies. The Company partners with customers to deliver solutions that move people and materials at work, globally and around-the-clock. During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010 (fiscal 2010), the Company operated in four segments: defense, access equipment, fire & emergency and commercial, which consisted of 73%, 13%, 9% and 5%, respectively, of the Company’s net sales. The defense business is conducted through the operations of Oshkosh. The access equipment business is conducted through its wholly owned subsidiary, JLG Industries, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries (JLG) and JerrDan Corporation (JerrDan).
Apache Corporation (Apache) is an independent energy company that explores for, develops and produces natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids. In North America, its exploration and production interests are focused in the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf Coast, East Texas, the Permian Basin, the Anadarko Basin and the Western Sedimentary Basin of Canada. Outside of North America, it has exploration and production interests onshore Egypt, offshore Western Australia, offshore the United Kingdom in the North Sea (North Sea), and onshore Argentina. It also has exploration interests on the Chilean side of the island of Tierra del Fuego. It holds interests in many of its United States, Canadian and other international properties through subsidiaries, including Apache Canada Ltd., DEK Energy Company (DEKALB), Apache Energy Limited (AEL), Apache North America, Inc. and Apache Overseas, Inc. In June 2010, Devon Energy Corporation sold its interest in Gulf of Mexico shelf assets to the Company.
Rio Tinto Plc (Rio Tinto) is an international business involved in each stage of metal and mineral production. The Company produces aluminium, copper, diamonds, coal, iron ore, uranium, gold and industrial minerals (borates, titanium dioxide, salt, talc and zircon). With production mainly from Australia and North America, the Company operates in more than 50 countries. The Company’s businesses include open pit and underground mines, mills, refineries and smelters, as well as a number of research and service facilities. The Company consists of a number of wholly and partly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and associated companies. It has five product groups and two global support groups: aluminium, copper, diamonds, minerals, energy, iron ore, exploration and technology & innovation. In July 2010, Rio Tinto plc completed the divestment of its Alcan Packaging business with the sales of its two subsidiaries, Medical Flexibles and Alcan Beauty Packaging.
Alaska Air Group, Inc. (Air Group) has two subsidiaries: Alaska Airlines, Inc. (Alaska) and Horizon Air Industries, Inc. (Horizon). The Company, through these subsidiaries, provides passenger air service to more than 22 million passengers per year to more than 90 destinations. It also provides freight and mail services, primarily to and within the state of Alaska and on the West Coast. As of December 31, 2009, Alaska operated an all-jet fleet with an average passenger trip length of 1,180 miles. Horizon operates turboprop and jet aircraft, and its average passenger trip length was 356 miles as of December 31, 2009.
Johnson Controls, Inc. (Johnson Controls) provides automotive interiors. For buildings, the Company offers products and services that optimize energy use. It also provides batteries for automobiles and hybrid electric vehicles, along with related systems engineering, marketing and service expertise. Its building efficiency business is engaged in designing, producing, marketing and installing integrated heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, building management systems, controls, security and mechanical equipment. In addition, the building efficiency business provides technical services, energy management consulting and operations of entire real estate portfolios for the non-residential buildings market. It also provides residential air conditioning and heating systems and industrial refrigeration products. July 2010, the Company acquired an additional 40% of a power solutions Korean joint venture.
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