New Preferred High Dividend Stock Trading Below Call Value

We’ve been fans of preferred high dividend stocks for some time now, having owned and written about them for several years. However, in the yield-crazed market of 2016, it has become increasingly difficult to find attractive preferred stocks trading below its call value.
However, that just changed, for now. One of our perennial favorite dividend stocks, Seaspan, (SSW), just announced a new preferred offering in early August, and, miraculously, this new stock is still trading below $25.00.
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How To Buy This Blue Chip Dividend Stock 9% Below Its 52-Week Low

by Robert Hauver

One of the world’s most venerable blue chip dividend stocks, International Business Machines, (IBM), has gotten hammered by the market, since hitting a high of over $213.00 in March, and is now very oversold:


IBM’s disappointing second quarter 2013 earnings report in late June didn’t help matters – sales and earnings were both down. One bright spot was that estimated services backlog at June 30 was up 3% year over year.


Earnings Forecast 2013-2014: The average analyst EPS growth forecast for IBM in 2014 is currently 8.52%, giving it a 1.46 2014 PEG value, so we can’t say it’s undervalued on a growth basis:


However, on a P/E and Price/Sales basis, it does look cheaper than its Industry’s averages. Part of IBM’s problem has been the slowdown in Europe, but, it looks like that area may finally be pulling out of its recession in the next few quarters.


Dividends: IBM has had a good dividend growth rate over the past 5 years, and increased its quarterly dividend again in May, to $.95, from $.85.


Thinking long term: Is a dominant company like IBM going to fade away? We don’t think so. Neither does Mr. Long Term himself, Warren Buffett- he’s a major buyer of IBM, having bought shares since Q3 2011, through Q2 2013. IBM is now Berkshire Hathaway’s 3rd largest holding, at 14.62% of its portfolio.

How to play it safe with long-term put options: If you’re leery of IBM falling further, your best bet may be to sell cash secured put options below IBM’s share price. We’ve laid out a January 2015 put trade below, which gives you a breakeven cost of $166.40, which is over 9% below IBM’s 8/23/13 share price of $185.16. The Jan. 2015 $185.00 put option pays well over 3 times what IBM’s dividends will pay over the next 17 months. (Please note that, unlike covered call sellers, put sellers don’t receive dividends.)

You can find more details on this and over 30 other put trades in our free Cash Secured Puts Table:


We also list a covered call trade for IBM, along with over 30 other covered calls trades, in our free Covered Calls Table.

Financials: Thanks to its ongoing stock buyback program, IBM has a very high Return On Equity ratio of over 83%. Its Operating Margin is also much higher than industry averages. It carries more debt, but it has a strong Interest Coverage figure of 41.85:


Performance: IBM is just 1.43% over its 52-week low, as of 8/23/13. As we’re heading into the market’s weakest months, Sept. and Oct., it may go lower, and offer even more compelling, higher put-selling yields and lower long term breakevens.


Author: Robert Hauver, copyright 2013 DeMar Marketing, All Rights Reserved.
Disclosure: Author was short IBM put options at the time of this writing.
Disclaimer: This article was written for informational purposes only. Author not responsible for any errors, omissions, or actions taken by third parties as a result of reading this article.

How To Grab A Fast Double-Digit Yield From This Dow Dividend Stock

by Robert Hauver
Dow dividend stock IBM, (IBM), is going ex-dividend next week, on 5/8/13:
IBM dipped below $200.00 again today, 5/1/13, which sets up a high yield, short-term covered call trade:

There are 3 potential income scenarios to this 2-week trade, all of which pay you at least a $2.08/share call option premium:
1. Static – IBM’s share price isn’t above $200.00 at or near expiration, and your IBM shares don’t get assigned/sold. You receive the $2.08 call premium and the $.95 dividend.
2. Assigned before the ex-dividend date- IBM’s share price is above $200.00 before 5/8/13, and your IBM shares get assigned/sold. You receive the $2.08 call option premium, and the price gain of $.37, but not the $.95/share dividend.
3. Assigned after the ex-dividend date- IBM is above $200.00 after 5/8/13, and your IBM shares get assigned/sold on or near the 5/17/13 expiration date. You’d receive the $2.08 call option premium, the $.95/share dividend, and the price gain of $.37:
You can see more details for this and over 35 other high yield options trades in our free Covered Calls Table.

Cash Secured Puts: We also list a short term put-selling trade for IBM which offers a 13.5% annualized yield, in our free Cash Secured Puts Table.

Earnings: IBM got beaten up after its most recent quarterly earnings report disappointed – revenue fell 5%, and diluted normalized EPS fell 7.2%. However, the 15% earnings estimates for 2013 are still strong enough to give it an undervalued 2013 PEG ratio:
Financials: Although it has more debt, IBM’s Mgt. Efficiency ratios are very superior to its peer industry’s averages. This cash cow also has an Interest Coverage ratio of over 35., and also has a 5-year Dividend Growth Rate of over 17%.
Other Valuations: Like many Dow dividend stocks, IBM commands a premium Price/Book value vs.its peers:
Disclaimer: This article was written for informational purposes only and is not intended as investment advice.
Disclosure: The author was short IBM put options at the time of this writing.

2 Top Defensive Dividend Stocks

by Robert Hauver

October 12, 2012

With many market observers wondering how long the summer/fall rally will last, we went looking for dividend paying stocks that outperformed the market during the spring pullback AND have also participated in this rally.  Not surprisingly, we came up with 2 Utilities stocks, American Electric Power, (AEP), and Next Era Energy, (NEE). Next Era, based in Florida, was formerly known as FPL, (Florida Power & Light).

Both of these stocks are listed in the Utilities section of our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables.

Here’s how these 2 electric utilities stocks have performed as of 10/11/12, in both up and down markets. NEE did the best during the pullback, actually rising 4.69%, while AEP only fell -1.18%, while the S&P fell nearly 10%.  AEP has reversed itself during the rally, rising over 14%, while NEE has risen 7.57% to date. As the table below shows, they both have risen double-digits on a Pullback vs. Rally net basis, while the S&P has risen just over 2% during the 2 periods:

Dividends: Both stocks pay quarterly dividends, and have increased them over the past 5 years. AEP’s dividend has grown from $.41 in 2007 to the current $.47 quarterly rate, while NEE has done much better, climbing from $.41 all the way up to $.60, a nearly 33% dividend growth rate:

Earnings Growth: As with most Utilities stocks, these aren’t big growth stories, since much of their earnings is regulated, but both firms are at least showing some growth for the past and future, although NEE’s EPS stumbled -3.14% in 2011:

Financials: Both firms have superior Management Efficiency Ratios and Operating Margins vs. their industry. They both carry a higher debt load than the Industry average, but they also have higher Interest Coverage Ratios:


Disclosure:  Author held no AEP or NEE shares 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.


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.

Author: Robert Hauver © 2012 Demar Marketing All Rights Reserved

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…


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

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:


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.


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.)


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%:


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.


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:


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.)


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.


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 Dow Dividend Stocks With Undervalued Earnings Growth

By Robert Hauver

Although the market has had a large rally over the past few months, the Dow 30 still lags the NASDAQ significantly in 2012, (the DOW is only up 6.78% YTD vs. NASDAQ’s 17.59% gain as of 3/22/12),  This led us to look for undervalued Dow dividend stocks with low PEG ratios, and strong earnings. Our search produced these two familiar stocks, Boeing, and Microsoft:


Boeing has gained nearly 7% in 2012, (there’s a Performance table at the end of this article), but it’s still only up less than 3% over the past 12 months.  Meanwhile, BA has grown its earnings substantially, so that it now has a much lower P/E than its industry peers.

With its strong growth forecast for its next fiscal year, BA has the second lowest PEG ratio of all the Dow 30 stocks.  Although BA has a very high Price/Book, this is partially explained by its very high Return On Equity, (ROE), of 127.72%. (See Financials table further on in article.)

After being range-bound within the $20’s for around two years, Microsoft has risen into the low $30’s.  However, it still looks fairly cheap on a PEG basis, coming in at .97. Even though its earnings and sales growth trail its industry averages, MSFT is one of the few dividend paying stocks within its industry, and offers a fairly good dividend yield, and a very good dividend growth rate.

Dividends: MSFT increased its quarterly dividend by 25% in 2011, from $.16 to $.20/share.  Boeing increased its quarterly dividend in Feb. 2012, to $.44/share from $.42/share.  Both stocks have a conservative dividend payout ratio:


Covered Calls: Income investors wanting to hedge their bets often sell covered call options, creating additional immediate income by receiving call options premiums, and thereby lowering their break-even cost.

As the table below illustrates, in these 2 covered call trades, the call options pay you 3 to 6 times what the dividends pay during the 4-5 month period. What’s the catch?  By selling a call option, you’re obligated to potentially have to sell the shares at the call strike price by expiration time. (Generally, your shares will get assigned/sold if the stock goes above the strike price at or near expiration.)

There are 2 strategies in the trades listed below – the BA call has a higher strike price than BA’s share price, which gives you some room for potential price gains- (BA $75 .00 strike price is $1.08 above BA’s $73.92 share price). Conversely, the MSFT call strike price is right “at the money”, meaning the $32.00 strike price equals MSFT’s $32.00 share price. This leaves no room for potential price gain, but gives you a higher call option premium.

More bullish covered call sellers sell at higher strike prices, earning a lower call premium, whereas less bullish call sellers would sell calls with strike prices that are closer to the share price, and would get paid a higher call premium.

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


Cash Secured Puts: An alternative option trading strategy is to sell cash secured puts, which obligate you to potentially have to buy the stock at the strike price, if the stock goes below the strike at or near expiration.  Generally, call and put options don’t get assigned until sometime near the expiration date, since call and put buyers don’t want to forfeit too much of the options’ time value.

Why would you sell cash secured put options?  If you want to buy a stock at a lower price than its current price, the put premium $ that you receive lowers your break-even cost, so that, even though you may end up being assigned/sold BA at the $72.50 strike price, your net cost is only $68.70, the difference between the $72.50 strike price and the $3.80 put premium you received.  Meanwhile, you have the use of that put premium $.

Investors are often surprised to hear that Warren Buffett has been known to sell put options, via private off-market deals, on companies he’s interested in buying, sometimes pocketing millions in put premiums now on expiration dates that go out a few years – it’s a very good cash flow deal.

These put options pay out 4 to over 7 times what the dividends pay out during this 4-5 month term. (You can see more details on these and over 30 other high yield Cash Secured Puts trades in our Cash Secured Puts Table.)


Financials: BA and MSFT both have mgt. efficiency ratios that far outshine their industry averages.  BA’s debt load is higher than avg., but their interest coverage is very strong, but not as high as MSFT’s very high interest coverage of 77. BA’s ROE of 127.72% is currently the highest of any stock in the Industrials sector.


Performance:  Although MSFT has been one of the best stocks to buy in 2012 for price gains so far, it’s still has a moderate Relative Strength of 55.55. With its RSI of 43.33, BA is closer to the sub-40 oversold area:


Disclosure: Author holds no shares of any stocks mentioned in this article at this time, but may sell cash secured puts during future market pullbacks.

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