Buying Covered Calls on the World’s Biggest Company

Quick, without looking it up on Google, what’s the world’s largest public company? Did you guess Apple (AAPLWealth Strength IndexAAPL is Extremely Up and trending Up) or Amazon (AMZNWealth Strength IndexAAPL is Extremely Up and trending Up)? At times recently, you may have been correct. However, the crown for the largest company is currently in the hands of Microsoft (MSFTWealth Strength IndexAAPL is Extremely Up and trending Up).

Not only is MSFTWealth Strength IndexAAPL is Extremely Up and trending Up the biggest company, it’s also the only company worth over $1 trillion in market cap (at the time of this writing). It’s been an interesting journey for the company that was primarily known for making Windows operating systems.

These days though, MSFTWealth Strength IndexAAPL is Extremely Up and trending Up is involved in so much more. The company owns LinkedIn, the popular business networking site. Microsoft produces the very popular XBOX gaming console. More recently, the company has been pushing its AR (augmented reality) technology. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Big, stable companies like MSFTWealth Strength IndexAAPL is Extremely Up and trending Up tend to be used frequently for covered call trades. Covered calls are moderately bullish and low risk.

It’s a strategy that’s a good fit for a company like MSFTWealth Strength IndexAAPL is Extremely Up and trending Up which is well-established but still has growth potential.

In fact, an interesting covered call trade happened this week in MSFTWealth Strength IndexAAPL is Extremely Up and trending Up which caught my eye. What’s somewhat different about this particular trade is that it doesn’t expire for an entire year.

That’s definitely a longer duration than most covered call trades you see.

More specifically, with MSFTWealth Strength IndexAAPL is Extremely Up and trending Up trading at $135.08 per share, a covered call buyer bought 100,000 shares of the stock versus selling the June 2020 170 calls. The calls were sold for $2.24, so the trader collected $224,000 in premium.

The $2.24 in premium collected means the trader is protected down to $132.84. However, that’s not a big cushion over the course of a year, suggesting protection isn’t the primary purpose of this trade.

What’s more, the premium works out to a 1.7% yield over the course of the year.

After seeing the details of the trade, I imagine the first question you have is why make a year-long trade that only yields 1.7%?

First off, MSFTWealth Strength IndexAAPL is Extremely Up and trending Up does also pay a 1.3% dividend. That means with the covered call on, the stock will produce a total yield of 3% over the life of the trade. That’s not an unreasonable percentage to earn for a stock with solid growth potential.

Speaking of growth, using the 170 calls in the trade means there’s no cap on the share growth until $170. That’s almost $35 higher, or 26% in stock price appreciation. In other words, the covered call buyer is likely sacrificing some yield in order to keep the growth potential intact.

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To summarize, we have a long-term covered call which is more focused on growth potential than yield.

Basically, the trade is meant to add a little income incentive to holding MSFTWealth Strength IndexAAPL is Extremely Up and trending Up for the next year while waiting on future share price growth.

It’s certainly not a bad idea if you’re bullish on MSFTWealth Strength IndexAAPL is Extremely Up and trending Up, or any other stock that’s similar. AAPLWealth Strength IndexAAPL is Extremely Up and trending Up is probably another name that would have a similar risk/reward for a long-term covered call.

In any case, these types of trades are easy to do in your own account if you don’t mind holding options for a year.

$500 into $678,906?

If you had followed Jay Soloff’s 2018 trades, with a little luck, you could’ve turned $500 into as much as $678,906.

That sounds unbelievable. But you gotta see how it’s possible.