Showing posts with label $MSFT. Show all posts
Showing posts with label $MSFT. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Play the Microsoft news with a Call Option

Microsoft, MSFT, has been stuck in the low $50's for a while.  We added it to the 2016 Model Portfolio in February at $50.40.  We have received two dividends so far and if we still own it on 8/16/2016, we will get another one.

We also sold two calls.

One expired in May and another is due in August.  I think we will lose MSFT to the call buyer at $55 which is the strike price.  Total return has been quite nice.  If the call is exercised at $55, our return is 14.72%.  See the table below

The 2016 portfolio owns only 100 shares of MSFT, but in my personal portfolio, we own more.  Today, I will sell another call.  October $60 for $.77.  See the table below to see how the math works on this call.

M* MoneyMadam

Disclosure:  Long MSFT with multiple calls

Actual trade resulted in call premium of $.85
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2016 Portfolio Update MSFT

I added Microsoft, MSFT, to my 2016 Portfolio Feb. 16, 2016 at $50.40.  Click here for portfolio details.  

Portfolio update: today I sold a covered call: strike price $55; expiration August 19, 2016; call premium  $.80 per contract.   Call details are in the table below.

M*MoneyMadam  Disclosure:  Long MSFT with calls
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MSFT, MCHP, CAT More calls for more income!

Readers of this blog know I use covered calls extensively to boost my income.  What is a girl to do with interest rates so low and with dividend stocks being priced high?  I still think the best income investing during these times is to use high quality dividend stocks with covered call potential.


Among the many stocks on which I tried to sell calls today are these three:  Caterpillar, Microchip Technology and Microsoft.  I have owned them all for a long time.  As a matter of fact, Microchip (MCHP) was the very first Dividend Machine I wrote about in late 2010.

English: Wheel loader (front end loader) made ...
English: Wheel loader (front end loader) made by the Caterpillar company. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Caterpillar is so very weak.  I added a little last October.  I am working those shares for income with calls.  I am reinvesting the dividend on my other shares, with a higher basis, as it is too late to sell them and the yield of 4.4% is good.   I don't want to add anymore CAT because their EPS are less than the dividend ($.46 versus $.77) and because their revenues have collapsed ($47,011m in 2015 versus $65.875m in 2012.) 

Here is the CAT call I sold today:

Microchip Technology on trade fair Embedded Wo...
Microchip Technology on trade fair Embedded World a few minutes before opening the fair, Nuremberg, Germany 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Microchip Technology, in an effort to grow, has acquired other companies and used debt to do it.  A 1.13 D/E ratio is too high for me.  Intel, for instance, has almost no debt.  MCHP is not so bad a company that I need to sell it.  Indeed, they are working through this acquisition.  However, their dividend growth rate is so meager I will sell calls with strike prices close to the current trading price hoping the call buyer will take my shares and I can move into a higher yielding stock.

Here is the MCHP call I sold today:

Microsoft is a good dividend stock. MSFT actually meets all my fundamentals.  However, it is expensive.  MSFT sports a P/E (price to earnings ratio) of 40.  Note that AAPL has a P/E of only 10.85. 

WELCOME TO Microsoft®
WELCOME TO Microsoft® (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
MSFT just barely meets my dividend yield criteria of 2.75%.  At today's price of $51.40 ish their yield is 2.88%.  I need more than 2.88 so I am supplementing my income with calls.

Here is the MSFT call I sold today:

This post is another example of how to your dividend stocks to create more income.


Disclosure:  Long all with calls

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Another nice AAPL call and a MSFT Call

Another nice Apple Call.   This stock is a real income machine due to the combination of the dividend and the call options.  Microsoft also has a nice call opportunity today.

M* TheMoneyMadam

Disclosure:  Long AAPL and MSFT with calls
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