I Just Made This High-Yield Trade With Amgen (AMGN)

Yesterday, December 4, I bought 100 shares of Amgen (AMGN) for $179.57 per share and simultaneously “sold to open” one June 15, 2018 $180 call option for $11.07 per share.

This is my latest “high-yield trade” — a strategy designed to generate above average income from some of the best companies in the world.

By selling the call option on AMGN, I’m giving the buyer of the option the right, but not the obligation, to purchase my 100 shares at $180 per share (the “strike” price) anytime before June 15 (the contract “expiration” date).

In exchange for that opportunity, the buyer of the option paid me $11.07 per share (the “premium”).

Because I collected immediate income when the trade opened, I immediately lowered my cost basis from $179.57 per share to $168.50 per share ($179.57- $11.02). In other words, I bought the stock at an 8.6% discount to its current price.

This is precisely what makes a “high-yield trade” safer than simply purchasing shares of the underlying stock the “traditional” way.

Yes, I’m limiting my potential upside (if AMGN shares climb to $200, for example, I’ll still be forced to sell at “just” $180)… … but that would still generate a small capital gain for me… AND I’m generating immediate income in the process.

It’s a trade-off… and one I’m willing to make because this strategy, by its very nature — selling a call option instead of buying one — is designed to be conservative and to generate income.

For this reason, it’s been called “the greatest income-producing tool for retirees.”

With all of this in mind, there are likely two ways this trade will work out — and they both spell high annualized yields on my purchase price…

Please note: To be conservative, I don’t include any dividends in my calculations for either of the following scenarios. Any dividends collected are just “bonus” that will boost the overall annualized yields even further.

Scenario #1: AMGN stays under $180 by June 15, 2018
If AMGN stays under $180 by June 15, I’ll get to keep my 100 shares.

In the process I’ll also have received $1,107 in call income ($11.07 x 100 shares).

The call income, or premium, was collected instantly yesterday. It was deposited in the account where I made the trade, which is my 401(k) retirement account.

At the end of the day, if “Scenario 1” plays out I’ll be looking at $1,101.35 in profit after commissions and fees.

On a percentage basis, I received a 6.2% yield for selling the call ($11.07 / $179.57).

When I subtract out the commissions and fees I’m looking at a 6.1% yield in 193 days, which works out to an 11.6% annualized yield.

Scenario #2: AMGN climbs over $180 by June 15, 2018
If AMGN climbs over $180 by June 15, my 100 shares will get sold (“called away”) at $180 per share.

Like “Scenario 1”, I get to keep the $1,107 in call income ($11.07 x 100 shares). I’ll also generate a $43 capital gain ($0.43 x 100) since I bought at $179.57 and will be selling at $180.

In this scenario, after commissions and fees I’ll be looking at an $1,139.40 profit.

From a percentage standpoint, this high-yield trade will deliver an instant 6.2% yield for selling the call ($11.07 / $179.57) and a 0.2% gain ($0.43 / $179.57).

After subtracting out the commissions and fees, I’m looking at a 6.3% total return in 193 days.

That works out to a 12.0% annualized yield from AMGN. Not bad, considering the stock’s “regular” yield is 2.6%.

Greg Patrick

P.S. I only made this trade because: 1) I want to own the underlying stock anyways 2) I believe it was trading at a reasonable price when I made the trade 3) I am comfortable owning it for the long-haul in case the price drops significantly below my cost basis by expiration and 4) I am comfortable letting it go if shares get called away. To be mindful of position sizing, except in rare cases, the value of this trade wouldn’t exceed 5% of my total portfolio value. In addition, to minimize taxes and tax paperwork, I made this trade in a retirement account.

Please keep in mind that these “High-Yield Trade” alerts are for information purposes only. We’re not registered financial advisors and these aren’t specific trade recommendations for you as an individual. Each of our readers have different financial situations, risk tolerance, goals, time frames, etc. The ideas we publish are simply ideas that we feel fit our specific needs and that we’re personally making in our own portfolios. You should also be aware that some of the trade details (specifically stock prices and options premiums) are certain to change from the time we make our trade to the time you’re alerted about it. So please don’t attempt to make this “High-Yield Trade” yourself without first doing your own due diligence and research.
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