High Options Yields From A Blue Chip Mouse

Did you grow up watching Uncle Walt every Sunday night on the “wonderful World Of Disney”? Or maybe you had your own Mouseketeer hat?
These days, the Mouse hasn’t been getting much respect from Mr. Market, who has been acting like a house cat, with respect to Walt Disney co., (DIS), shares.

The problem is cord-cutting, and how it affects ESPN, one of Disney’s premier cable cash machines. As millennials opt out of bundled cable packages, ESPN has seen sales declines, and the price/share has struggled in the past year.
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How To Earn Dividends from Amazon

by Robert Hauver
We’ve all seen the headlines often- “Brick and Mortar Chain Store To Close More Stores”, over the past few years. as online retailers, notably Amazon, AMZN, keep gobbling up a bigger slice of the retail pie.
Unfortunately for income investors, AMZN isn’t in the realm of high dividend stocks – in fact, it’s not even in the universe of dividend paying stocks yet, as its management keeps reinvesting in the business. Given the stock’s trajectory, and the company’s revenue growth, the market has no problem with this at all.
So, what’s an income investor to do about this situation? How can we get an income-producing piece of this retail juggernaut?
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3 Monthly High Dividend Stocks Yielding Over 8%

by Robert Hauver
Are you trying to smooth out monthly dividend income? While many high dividend stocks pay in certain quarterly cycles, (most notably – February, May, August, and November), unfortunately, those monthly bills keep coming don’t they? It would certainly help to have dependable high yield dividends hitting your account every month.

We’ve added quite a few monthly high dividend stocks to various sections of our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables over the past few months. Interestingly, a lot of these stocks are based in Canada, where they were founded as royalty trusts a few years ago.
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5 High Dividend Shipping Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Soon

by Robert Hauver
Looking for more income from your portfolio? Income investors have been hopping aboard shipping dividend stocks in 2016, enticed by their high dividend yields.
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This sub-industry has certain companies which are becoming more well-known for their stable business models, which are based upon long term contracts, with solid counter parties. After all, who doesn’t want to have a glimpse into the future? These stocks will typically have around a 5-year or longer remaining length of time on their contracts, not including options to extend.

They’ve all IPO’d within the past approx. 5 years, and their cash flow and earnings growth is based upon a “dropdown” model, in which their parent companies, usually known as sponsors and/or general partners will sell them assets, which already have signed contracts on them.

2 of these stocks…
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Top Performing Utility Dividend Stocks So Far In 2014

by Robert Hauver
The market has had a bumpy ride so far in 2014, with February turning in the best performance, rising over 4%, after January’s -3.6% pullback. Cap this off with a less than 1% gain for the S&P 500 in March, and you’ve got an unimpressive 1.3% gain for the first quarter:
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With this kind of up and down ride, you’d want to find some dividend stocks which offer defense, in addition to income. With the pullback in many biotech stocks, the Healthcare sector no longer leads,(although it’s still up nearly 5%), but has given way to the Utilities sector, which is up over 10% year-to-date.
Here’s a look at the chart for the Utilities ETF, XLU:
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We looked further into XLU’s top holdings, and came up with these top 5 utility stocks, all of which are large cap dividend paying stocks. Another common feature is that they all have somewhat lower forward P/E’s, meaning that their earnings should improve in their next fiscal year. Duke, DUK, and Southern, SO, have the lowest P/E’s, relative to their 5-year P/E ranges:
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This is how they’ve performed year-to-date, and over the past month, and over the past 52 weeks. Nuclear-based Excelon, EXC, has outperformed the pack year-to-date, and over the past month, but is still up only 3.62% over the past year. Contrasting with that performance is more steady Next Era Energy, NEE, which has made over half of its 1-year 25.90% gains, by rising 13.61% in 2014:
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Dividends: With their 4%-plus dividend yields, Southern CO., SO, and DUK, are both listed in the Utilities section of our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables. Although their yields are lower, Dominion, D, and NEE, have the best 5-year dividend growth rates:
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Options: If you want to add more downside protection to these stocks, selling covered calls offers you more immediate income, and a lower breakeven. NEE has the most attractive call options of the group. This June $97.50 call pays $2.60, over 3 times NEE’s next quarterly dividend. (Our free Covered Calls Table has more info on this and over 30 other trades.)
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Here are the major income scenarios for this trade. The $97.50 strike price is $1.07 above NEE’s price/share, which amply rewards you if your shares get assigned prior to the ex-dividend date for the $.73 dividend:
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Selling cash secured put options is another way to profit from these defensive stocks. In fact, if you sell puts below the stock’s share price, you’ll get an even lower breakeven, and improve upon their defensive nature. This is another June trade, but this put has a $95.00 strike price, and a $92.05 breakeven, which is 4.5% below NEE’s price/share. You won’t receive any dividends, but, just like selling calls, you’ll be paid your option premium within 3 days of the trade, often sooner. You can find more info about this and over 30 other trades in our Cash Secured Puts Table.
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Financials: It’s a mixed bag, Dominion and Next Era have an edge over the rest of the group for some of these metrics, but they do carry more debt:
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Valuations: Excelon has the lowest valuations for these metrics:
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Disclosure: Author was long shares of Southern, SO, 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.
Copyright DeMar Marketing 2014. All rights reserved.

Buy This New High Dividend Stock Below Par For An 8% Plus Yield

by Robert Hauver
One of our favorite high dividend stocks, Seaspan, (SSW), just issued a new “E” series Preferred stock, which pays 8.25% per annum, via quarterly dividends. We’ve owned SSW and its various preferred shares off and on through the years, and we’ve had very good results with both the common and the preferred.
In particular, SSW’s preferred shares have been a very reliable dividend income source, and they’ve also been pretty resilient to market pullbacks. We list both the new E series preferred, (SSW-E), and SSW in our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables Industrials section.
Company Profile: Seaspan provides many of the world’s major shipping lines with outsourcing alternatives to vessel ownership by offering long-term leases on large, modern containerships combined with industry leading ship management services.
Seaspan’s managed fleet consists of 105 containerships, representing a total capacity of over 800,000 TEU, including 32 newbuilding containerships on order scheduled for delivery to Seaspan and third parties by the end of 2016.
Seaspan’s current operating fleet of 71 vessels has an average age of approximately seven years and an average remaining lease period of approximately five years. SSW’s long-term lease business model affords it stable cash flow, with which to pay dividends.

Preferred & Common Dividends:
Buying newly issued preferred shares often offers the retail investor a chance to buy shares below or near the liquidation, par value.
Why is this important? Because, when and if the shares get called in by the issuing company, you’ll also realize a capital gain, if you bought them below the par value. In this case, though, since these shares are cumulative, AND aren’t callable by Seaspan until 2019, so you’ll have ample time, 5 years, to collect around $10.31 in quarterly dividends, and bring your breakeven way below the $25.00 par value.
These shares just started trading on 2/10/14, and are trading right around par. Like many preferred shares, the various websites often show a different ticker symbol for this stock.
The 1st ex-dividend date should be around 4/27/14:
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SSW also has a good dividend yield on its common shares:
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Options
If you’re interested in more immediate income, there’s an attractive covered calls trade for SSW, which expires in August 2014. The at-the-money, August $22.50 call options are currently paying 2 times the amount of SSW’s next 2 quarterly dividends.
You can see more info on this and over 30 other covered call trades in our free Covered Calls Table.
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The $22.50 strike price is also $.38 above SSW’s $22.12 price, so it offers a small capital gain opportunity as well:
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We haven’t added any put trades for SSW to our Cash Secured Puts Table as of yet, since its puts aren’t yielding very much currently.
Author: Robert Hauver,copyright 2014 DeMar Marketing, All Rights Reserved.
Disclosure: Author owned shares of SSW and SSW-E 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.

These Covered Calls Offer Double Digit Yields

by Robert Hauver

There are 2 dividend stocks in our Covered Calls Table which are currently offering high options yields: MDC Holdings, (MDC), and Hooker Furniture, (HOFT). We previously wrote about MDC, and its call options continue to offer good yields. Both of these companies have gotten an earnings boost from the US Housing Recovery, and look to be on track for continued earnings growth over this year and next year:

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40 year old MDC is a homebuilder, based in Denver, Co which sells its new homes throughout the US, under the name “Richmond American Homes”.

Virginia-based HOFT is a a home furnishings marketing and logistics company, Which, together with its subsidiaries, designs, imports, manufactures, and markets residential furniture products in the US.

Dividends: MDC pre-paid 3 of its 2013 quarterly dividends in December 2012, to avoid a higher dividend tax rate for its shareholders. It should pay its next $.25 dividend in November 2013:

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Options: Neither of these companies are high dividend stocks, but they do offer high options yields, via their November covered call options, which are far enough out of the money, that you can also potentially participate in some price gains. There’s also an attractive put selling trade for MDC, which is listed in our Cash Secured Puts Table.

There are 3 basic scenarios for these covered call trades:

(A) Static – The stock doesn’t rise to or above the option strike price before or near the ex-dividend date, in which case you keep the shares, and you collect the dividend and option $.

(B) Assigned – The stock does rise to or above the option strike price before or near the ex-dividend date, in which case you must sell the shares, and you collect the price gain $ and option $, but no dividend.

(C) Assigned after ex-dividend date – The stock does rise to or above the option strike price AFTER the ex-dividend date, in which case you must sell the shares, and you collect the price gain $, option $, and the dividend $.

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Performance: Like other homebuiders, MDC has pulled back in price over the past few weeks, due to concerns that Fed tapering will continue escalate rates and slow down housing demand. HOFT is under 4% below its 52-week high:

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Financials: Both firms work on low Operating Margins, and HOFT has a cleaner balance sheet, being debt-free:

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Author: Robert Hauver, copyright 2013 DeMar Marketing, All Rights Reserved.
Disclosure: Author was short MDC 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.

This Hot High Dividend Stock May Still Be Undervalued

by Robert Hauver

Our quest for undervalued high dividend paying stocks keeps leading us back to the Energy sector, which took a beating in the second quarter, but has come back strong since late June. In a previous article, we wrote about Pioneer Southwest Energy, (PSE), an energy stock which had been left behind in the summer rally.

This article focuses on Calumet Specialty Products Partners, (CLMT), an LP which is a combo oil & gas processor/refiner. With its 8%-plus dividend yield, CLMT is listed in our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables.  Unlike PSE, CLMT hasn’t been left behind this summer, and has greatly outperformed the S&P since late June.  It also looks closer to being overbought than oversold on its stochastic chart:

Undervalued Thesis: Thanks to a series of acquisitions, CLMT had great growth in 2011, and thus far in 2012, with 2012 EPS estimated at $3.34 on average, a torrid 151% pace. Its long-term 5-year growth projection of 26.81% gives it a very low 0.36 PEG:

Here’s the rub – analysts are currently estimating a -3.89% downturn in EPS for 2013:

But analysts may be underestimating the 2013 earnings impact of CLMT’s acquisitions, if the last 2 quarters are any harbinger of what’s to come. CLMT earned $0.97 in the first quarter, and increased to $1.14 in the 2nd quarter of 2012, an approximately 87% to 100% increase over the previous year’s quarters.

So, if CLMT matches the lower, $.97 1st quarter figure over the next 2 quarters, it would earn $4.05 in 2012, and probably even more in 2013, since it has made more acquisitions since the 2nd quarter, which will be accretive to earnings:

(Source: Yahoo Finance)

Using a risk-adjusted discounted rate of 8.37% vs. future earnings also shows CLMT to be undervalued, with a whopping value of $132.97.

Dividends: After paying its first 2 quarterly distributions of $.63 in 2007, CLMT’s payout slipped to $.45/quarter in 2008-2009, but has increased steadily ever since – $.46 in 2010, form $.47 up to $.50 in 2011, and from $.53 to $.59 in 2012.

Even though it still looks undervalued on a long term basis, given the big run that CLMT has had…

You may want to wait for a pullback, or, alternatively, sell Covered Calls, to achieve a lower break-even cost.

Here’s a trade for CLMT from our Covered Calls Table, which lists 30 other high yield trades:

This 5-month trade offers a few different income scenarios:

1. Static – Maximum income of $2.48, (dividends and call premium), if CLMT doesn’t rise above the $30.00 call strike price near its ex-dividend dates, or at expiration.

2. Assigned – Minimum income of $2.15, ($.85 price gain + call premium), if CMLT does rise above the $30.00 call strike price near its first ex-dividend date, and your shares are assigned. Maximum income of $3.33 if CMLT gets assigned at expiration, AND you collect both quarterly $.59 dividends.

CLMT also has put options available, but the only high yield is on a $30.00 strike price, which is above the current price/share.

Financials: CLMT has good Mgt. Efficiency ratios, but does carry more debt than industry averages. However, it has 4.1 Interest Coverage Ratio. Its Operating Margins should improve, as it integrates its acquisitions.

Company Profile: Calumet is a master limited partnership and is a leading independent producer of high-quality, specialty hydrocarbon products in North America. Calumet processes crude oil and other feedstocks into customized lubricating oils, solvents, waxes and asphalt used in consumer, industrial, and automotive products. Calumet also produces fuel products including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Calumet is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and has nine facilities located in northwest Louisiana, northwest Wisconsin, western Pennsylvania, southeastern Texas and eastern Missouri. (Source: Calumet website)

Disclosure:  Author had no positions in any of the stocks mentioned in this article 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

A High Dividend Stock That’s Ready To Rise

by Robert Hauver

Looking for cheap high dividend paying stocks? MV Oil Trust, (MVO), has shown a recurring pattern of price troughs that rise into peaks as it approaches its quarterly ex-dividend dates, which fall around the 12th of January, April, July, and October. It recently crossed back above the oversold line on its stochastic chart:

Dividends: With its 11%-plus dividend yield, MVO sits atop the Energy section of our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables.  By law, trusts are required to pay out at least 90% of their income in distributions, in return for not paying taxes. MVO’s next ex-dividend date should be around October 12th. (Trust dividends are referred to as distributions.)

Dividend History: MVO will need to pay out at least $.76 in October, to keep pace with its 2011 payout level. Judging by its earnings, (see below), this should be achievable.

Earnings: MVO is one of only of a handful of energy trusts which had strong earnings growth in 2011, (up over 25%), and in the most recent quarter. As noted below, MVO earns royalties from assets which are 98% oil, vs. only 2% natural gas, hence its advantage over natural gas trusts, many of which had been hurt by plummeting prices.

Profile: MV Oil Trust was formed in August 2006, by MV Partners, LLC. MV Partners conveys a term net profits interest to the trust that represents the right to receive 80% of the net proceeds from all of MV Partners’ interests in oil and natural gas properties, which are located in the Mid-Continent region in the States of Kansas and Colorado.  As of June 30, 2006, the underlying properties produced predominantly oil from approximately 985 wells, and the projected reserve life of the underlying properties was in excess of 50 years.

Production from the underlying properties for the year ended December 31, 2005, was approximately 98% oil and approximately 2% natural gas and natural gas liquids. The underlying properties are all located in mature fields that are characterized by long production histories and numerous additional development opportunities to help reduce the natural decline in production from the underlying properties.

The net profits interest will terminate on the later to occur of (1) June 30, 2026, or (2) the time when 14.4 MMBoe have been produced from the underlying properties and sold (which amount is the equivalent of 11.5 MMBoe in respect of the trust’s right to receive 80% of the net proceeds from the underlying properties pursuant to the net profits interest).

Options: There are no put options or call options available for MVO.

Disclosure:  Author had no positions in any of the stocks mentioned in this article 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

Cisco – A Tech High Dividend Stock That’s Still Undervalued

by Robert Hauver

After getting bashed in the 2nd quarter, Cisco Systems, (CSCO), stock has done well this summer, gaining over 17% since the June lows. CSCO is also one of the top 4 DOW 30 performers over the past trading month, gaining 6.90%, and trailing only HD, CAT, and IBM, which leads the DOW pack with an 8.49% gain. Even with its big summer gains, CSCO still trails the market year to date:

Thanks to a stronger fiscal 4th quarter earnings report, in which adjusted EPS rose 18% vs. fiscal Q4 2011, Cisco’s full year 2012 EPS growth also looked good. In fact, one could argue that CSCO is still undervalued on a 2012 PEG basis. Looking forward, the consensus for 2013 calls for 10.81% EPS growth, which puts CSCO a bit over the 1.00 PEG threshold for being undervalued.

However, using the consensus future earnings growth rate of 8.09%, with a risk-adjusted 10.41% discount rate, shows CSCO’s estimated value to be approximately $23.25, indicating that CSCO is currently undervalued by well over 20%.

Dividends: After having joined the universe of dividend stocks in 2011, CSCO is now approaching the arena of Tech high dividend stocks. CSCO just ratcheted up its quarterly dividends big time, by announcing a huge 75% increase, going to $.14, from $.08. This is the second increase in 2012 – CSCO increased its dividend in the 1st quarter to $.08, from its initial $.06 payout. This new higher dividend payout ups CSCO’s dividend yield significantly, to just below 3.00%, which is in the higher range for most Tech stocks:

Options Outlook: If you’re interested in pumping up CSCO’s dividend yield even further, you can gain additional immediate income via selling covered calls. Since the $19.00 call strike price is only $.13 above CSCO’s mid-day $18.87 price, it appears that you would risk having your CSCO shares assigned/sold before you collect one or both of the $.14 quarterly dividends before the Jan. 2013 expiration.

However, your Assigned compensation would be much more than the dividends anyway: $1.11 in call premium now, plus $.13 in assigned price gain, for a net gain of $1.24, a 6.57% gain. If your shares were assigned near the October ex-dividend date, in under 2 months, this would equal a 39%-plus annualized yield approximately. Conversely, if your shares are never assigned, the minimum yield you’d make would be a 17.57% annualized static yield.

You can see more info on over 30 other call trades in our Covered Calls Table:

Here’s a look at where CSCO is at price-wise over the past 52 weeks. With a very strong relative strength of 72.39, you certainly can’t say that CSCO is oversold:

Cash Secured Puts: Given CSCO’s recent big rise, a cautious way to still profit would be to sell cash secured put options. This January 2013 put gives you a break-even price of $17.52, in addition to offering an annualized yield of over 18%, over 5 times the dividend amount.

You can see more info on over 30 other call trades in our Covered Puts Table:

Financials: As Cisco is such a dominant player in its industry, industry comps are a bit dicey. However, these comps do include other large firms that compete with Cisco in certain areas, such as Juniper, (JNPR), Alcatel-Lucent, (ALU), and Hewlett Packard, (HPQ):

Disclosure:  Author was long CSCO shares and short CSCO puts 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