An Energy Dividend Stock WIth High Options Yields

by Robert Hauver

Energy Services stock Halliburton, (HAL), has risen over 18% in 2013, and is up nearly 35% since the November 15th lows. This is in spite of the fact that HAL recently posted 4th quarter 2012 earnings that were 32% lower than 2011 4th quarter earnings.

HAL’s 2012 full year earnings fell in its biggest region, North America, but rose in its other regions:


What are investors seeing? Analysts are predicting nearly flat 2013 sales, BUT, they’re forecasting 2014 sales to rise substantially, up 32%, which gives HAL a very low .42 2014 PEG ratio:


Dividends: HAL is certainly not a high dividend stock – it has kept its quarterly dividend at just $.09 since 2007, and yields under 1%:


High Options Yields: However, you can still earn good income from HAL, via selling options. We’ve listed below a short term trade for HAL, from our free Covered Calls Table. This April $41.00 call option pays over 18 times HAL’s quarterly dividend amount:


With HAL being so near its 52-week high, you may want to consider a more defensive way of trading it. Like selling covered call options, selling cash secured puts gives you immediate income, and a lower break-even cost, if you sell them below or close to the stock’s share price.


You can find more details on this and over 30 other put trades in our free Cash Secured Puts Table. The put income for this April trade is higher than the call income, and this put also pays much more than HAL’s quarterly dividend. (Note: Put sellers don’t receive dividends – we only list them on our tables for comparison.)


Financials: Although it has a lower Operating Margin, HAL’s Mgt. efficiency and Debt ratios are better than its industry’s averages.


Disclosure: The author held no Halliburton shares at the time of this writing.

Disclaimer: This article was written for informational purposes only and isn’t intended as investment advice.