Stock Market News: 4/21/18

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Markets: It was an up week for the market, with all 4 indexes posting gains, led by the Russell small caps. The week ended on a down day, though, investors grew leery of rising bond yields and rising inflation. The 10-Year Treasury note rose to 2.956% on Friday, the highest since January 2014. Stocks have been more sensitive to bond prices recently, as the 10-year yield approaches 3%. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 4/14/18

Markets: It was an up week for the market, with all 4 indexes posting strong gains, as the market turned in its best performance in a month. Trade war fears ebbed, but investors were unimpressed on Friday by good major bank earnings reports, sending the market down in late trading. Even though JPM, C, and WFC beat earnings estimates, investors were expecting more, due to the anticipated benefits from the tax cut bill. These 3 banks fell from -1.5% to 3.4% on Friday.

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Cummins Is Bouncing Back But Is Still Undervalued

by Robert Hauver

If you’re looking for dividend stocks that bounce back and forth in a trading range, Cummins may be one of the best stocks to buy or trade for this attribute.

Cummins, (CMI), had a rough time after lowering its 2012 revenue forecast on July 10th, down to flat, from a previous 10% estimate. CMI shares reached as low as $82.20, but since then, have rallied nearly 18%:

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Disclosure:  Author was short CMI put options at the time of this writing.

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

Author: Robert Hauver © 2012 Demar Marketing All Rights Reserved

 

 

VF Corp, A Dividend Stock WIth A 20% Option Yield

By Robert Hauver

VF Corp., (VFC), has been one of the best stocks to buy this year for price gains, having outperformed the market thus far in 2012, and is only 9.06% off of its 52-week highs.VFC is among the top 20 Consumer Goods dividend stocks for 2012 performance.

VFC is a $9 billion apparel and footwear powerhouse, with a very diverse, international portfolio of brands and products, including such well known brands as Lee, Nautica, Wrangler, North Face, and Timberland.

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With its 2.06% dividend yield, VFC isn’t really part of the high dividend stocks universe, but you can vastly improve upon its dividends by selling covered calls or cash secured puts.

Here’s a covered call trade for VFC, that’s listed in our Covered Call Table, along with over 30 other trades with high options yields.  Click here to read more…

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

Author: Robert Hauver © 2012 Demar Marketing All Rights Reserved

BHP Billiton – An Undervalued Basic Materials Dividend Stock

By Robert Hauver

Looking for undervalued dividend paying stocks?  Like many Basic Materials stocks, BHP Billiton PLC, (BBL), has been under under pressure in 2012, due to slowing growth and tightening financial policy in China.  However, the Chinese government has begun loosening its policies, in order to keep growth moving near their targeted 7.5% GDP rate, which should help Basic Materials stocks such as BBL regain some of their luster.

Undervalued Growth: BBL, whose fiscal year ends 6/30/12,  looks undervalued on a PEG basis for 2012 and 2013:

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

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High Dividend Stocks Outperforming The Market Pullback

By Robert Hauver

Looking for defensive dividend paying stocks? It makes sense – May is turning out to be one of the worst months in quite some time, with the S&P 500 down over 6%, the DOW down nearly 6%, and the NASDAQ and RUSSELL 2000 Small Caps both down over 7%.

Here are two dividend stocks from our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables that have outperformed the market since the start of the spring pullback in April. United-Guardian, (UG), is a NY-based microcap, and Wisconsin Energy, (WEC), is a large cap electric utility:

Performance: Both UG and WEC have beaten the market quite handily in these time periods…

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But things get really interesting, when you look at their performance during rallies and pullbacks over the past 11 months.

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

Author: Robert Hauver © 2012 Demar Marketing All Rights Reserved

3 High Dividend Stocks Bucking The Spring Pullback

By Robert Hauver

The S&P 500 has pulled back approx. 4% since its early April highs, which begs the question, are there any dividend paying stocks that have beaten the market since then?  We took 3 dividend stocks from our High Dividend Stocks By Sector tables, and researched how they’ve done in all of the various rallies and pullbacks since last summer.

These 3 stocks have all held up better than the market in pullbacks, and have also participated in rallies.  Not surprisingly, these defensive dividend stocks hail from the Healthcare and Utilities sectors: NextEra Energy, (NEE), Xcel Energy, (XEL), and Eli Lilly Co., (LLY):

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Disclosure: Author had no positions in any of the above stocks at the time of this writing.

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

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The Top Dow Dividend Stocks For First Quarter 2012 Earnings

By Robert Hauver

25 of the 30 Dow Jones Industrials have reported 1st quarter 2012 earnings so far. 18 firms have reported positive growth, and 7 have reported negative growth, with the range running from Boeing, (BA), with 54% year-over-year 1st quarter growth, down to beleaguered Bank of America, (BAC), with -82%. These 2 Dow dividend stocks reported the best 1st quarter 2012 earnings growth year-over-year:

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These Dow Dividend Stocks Are Bucking The April Pullback

By Robert Hauver

It’s been a rainy April for the market thus far, with the S&P down almost -3.00% through 4/19/12. Being  optimistic, we went searching for dividend paying stocks that are bucking the new market pullback.  We found 2 contenders, Caterpillar, (CAT), and Home Depot, (HD), that have held their own in this month’s market decline, and have also done well in recent rallies:

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HD beat CAT in the Nov. 2011 pullback, and has also had stronger share performance year to date and during this month’s decline.

Valuations & Earnings Growth: CAT derives a lot of its profits from overseas, vs. Home Depot’s mostly domestic focus on the US home market. Subsequently, CAT has had stronger earnings growth in its most recent quarter and fiscal year, as the hobbled US consumer slowly picks up spending, and the home market remains weak. Although it’s up over 18% this year, CAT still looks more undervalued on a PEG basis than HD.

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We’ll find out if CAT’s current EPS projections hold, when it reports earnings, on its upcoming April 25th morning conference call next week. (Judging by how far off analysts have been in their CAT estimates in recent quarters, it should be an interesting report.)

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Dividends: Although CAT and HD aren’t high dividend stocks, both firms have a 5-year dividend growth rate that’s above their industry avgs.: CAT’s is 9.62%, and HD’s is 9.03%. CAT’s dividend payout ratio is more conservative than its industry avgs., while HD’s is much higher than its industry’s low avg. of 26.4%:

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Covered Calls: Combining covered call options with dividend stocks is a powerful way to create much more immediate income than many stocks’ dividends offer over 1 – 3 quarters.  The increase in income is particularly high in a stock like CAT, which has high options yields that dwarf its dividend yield.  The tradeoff is that you may forgo potential future price gains, in return for being paid a call option premium now.  CAT has a higher beta and more volatility than HD, which gives it higher options yields.

In this trade, CAT’s August $110.00 call options pay well over 12 times its $.46 quarterly dividend.

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If CAT is above $110.00 at or near expiration in August, your shares will be sold/assigned for $110.00, no matter how much higher CAT rises.  You’ll receive an additional $2.64/share in price gain, for an additional assigned yield of 7.54% annualized, and the total potential assigned yield is 25.86%. ($110.00 strike price – $107.36 stock cost = $2.64/share.)

How does this compare to just buying CAT outright at $107.36? Since you received a call premium of $5.95, at a strike price of $110.00, your maximum price point potential is $115.95.  If CAT doesn’t go as high as $115.95 during this 4-month term, you’d be ahead by selling this covered call.

(Each option contract corresponds to 100 shares of the underlying stock.)

The 3 income streams in this covered call trade are, (for 1oo shares of stock bought and 1 call option sold):

1. Call premium of $5.95/share, (paid within 3 days of the trade): $595.00

2. Quarterly dividend of $.46/share, (paid in August, ex-dividend date in July): $46.00

3. Potential assigned price gain of $2.64/share, if CAT is above $110.00 at or near expiration: $264.00

(You can see more details for over 30 other high options yields trades in our Covered Calls Table.)

Technical Data: CAT and HD have been two of the best stocks to buy for price gains over the past year:

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As the table above shows, both of these stocks are quite close to their 52-week highs, which leads us to another, more conservative options strategy – selling puts.

Cash Secured Puts: By selling cash secured puts below a stock’s current price, you’ll achieve a lower break-even price, and also get paid within 3 days of making the put sale. However, you won’t qualify for any dividends, but, as you can see, the put options listed below pay out over 6 to 14 times what these quarterly dividends pay.

For every put option that you sell, your broker will secure enough cash in your account to purchase 100 shares of the underlyng stock, at whatever the put option’s strike price is, hence the name “cash secured puts”. In the CAT put option trade below, the broker would hold $10,500.00, (100 times the $105.00 strike price).

There are more details on these and over 30 other high yield Cash Secured Puts trades in our Cash Secured Puts Table.)

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Financials: Both firms’ metrics are far above their industry avgs, except for CAT’s higher debt load. However, CAT has an interest coverage ratio of 6.4.

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Disclosure: Author is short Caterpillar put options.

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

Author: Robert Hauver © 2012 Demar Marketing All Rights Reserved

2 Ways To Hedge Your 2012 Apple Gains

By Robert Hauver

Could this be true? Apple fell on a big “up” market day Thursday, and is negative for the week so far, (-.05%).  Is the game changing, or is AAPL just taking a breather, as investors get a little skittish from a government E-book price fixing probe?

As you most likely know, AAPL has been one of the best stocks to buy for price gains year-to-date, and over the past year.  However, it slowed down its torrid pace in March, gaining 10.53%, vs. it 18.83% gain in February, and is up just 3.74% so far in April.

The mere fact that we’re calling a 10%-plus monthly gain a “slowdown” seems absurd, and illustrates just how well AAPL has performed, and how much the market has come to expect it to perform. But maybe it’s time to hedge your 2012 gains, with AAPL up almost 54% year-to-date, and up 100% from its 52-week low:

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If you’d had the prescience to buy AAPL on its way up, you may be wondering which is the best way to hedge your gains. There are numerous ways to hedge, but selling covered calls is an options trading strategy that will create some immediate income for you, and also hedge some of your gains.

Below are two approaches to selling covered calls:

1. Longer Expirations: By selling call options further out in time, you’ll earn more call premium $, and achieve a lower break-even price. In the examples below, we’ve used AAPL’s opening price for 2012 as our cost, in order to show how much of 2012’s gains you can hedge by selling covered calls with various expiration dates:

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As you sell calls at expiration months further out in time, your call premiums increase – the Jan. 2013 $625.00 call pays $76.10, and hedges over 35% of the year-to-date gain, vs. a $52.45 call premium for the nearer August call, which hedges approx. 25% of the gain.

Tradeoff: Your break-even cost of $328.00 is also lower with the higher Jan. 2013 call option premium, vs. $354.30 for the August expiration.  However, your annualized yield is lower, since it’s a 9-month trade, vs. only 4 months for the Aug. 2012 trade.  (As we don’t yet know what AAPL’s ex-dividend date will be for the 3rd and 4th quarter, we’ve speculated that it might fall before the August expiration. However, it would certainly fall before the Oct. 2012 expiration, and you’d receive 2 quarterly dividends with the Jan. 2013 trade.)

(You can see additional details for over 30 other high options yields trades in our Covered Calls Table.)

2. Higher Strike Prices: A more bullish approach would be to sell covered call options at a higher strike price, in order to leave more room for future potential price gains. If you think that AAPL has more room to run, you could sell covered calls at strike prices higher than AAPL’s current strike price. We used AAPL’s 4/12/22 price of $622.50 for this example, which shows the range of call option payouts you’d receive for 3 different Jan. 2013 strike prices.

Tradeoff: All 3 strike prices are above AAPL’s current price, but as you sell at higher call strike prices, you’ll receive less premium. However, the Jan. 2012 $640.00 call strike price leaves you $17.50/share in potential assigned price gains, vs. only $7.50/share for the Jan. $630.00 strike price.  As usual, the more call premium $ you receive, the lower your break-even is:

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Dividends: Apple announced in March that it will be entering the world of dividend stocks sometime in the July-Sept. 2012 quarter, paying $2.65/share quarterly.  Market commentators have increasingly compared AAPL, with its huge cash hoard, to other Tech dividend paying stocks, clamoring for a dividend payout.  CEO Tim Cook took their advice, and also instituted a 3-year $10 billion stock buyback plan that starts in October, which will mitigate the effect of employee stock option dilution of shares.

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Valuations: AAPL’s PEG ratio might turn out to be much lower than 1.25, since they’ve exceeded earnings estimates handily for the past  3 out of 4 quarters.  Consider this: AAPL earned $27.68/share in its last fiscal year, which ended 9/30/12, and has already earned $13.87 in its first fiscal quarter, which ended 12/31/12. Since it’s already earned 50% of its past fiscal year’s profit in one quarter, it seems a reasonable bet that AAPL can grow its next fiscal year earnings by a lot more than 14.31%.

By the way, AAPL is also one of only 4 large cap stocks with 40%-plus sales growth over the past 5 years. Just imagine – they grew their sales over 41% through the Great Recession – what an accomplishment! So, the biggest market cap stock in the world is also a growth stock:

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Financials: AAPL’s Mgt. ratios and operating margin far outshines industry avgs., and it has no debt:

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If you haven’t gotten on board the AAPL bandwagon, any upcoming pullbacks may offer you a chance to do so. In our next article, we’ll detail a lucrative way to sneak up on this stellar stock.

Disclosure: Author is short Apple put options.

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

Author: Robert Hauver © 2012 Demar Marketing All Rights Reserved