I Just Made This “10% Trade” With Exxon Mobil (XOM)

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With shares trading near my purchase price of $81.53, it seemed like a good time to make a new “10% Trade” with Exxon Mobil (XOM).

I made the trade yesterday, and it involved selling one June 16, $82.50 covered call for $1.24 per share.

I sold this call on the 100 shares that I had purchased for $81.53 per share during a previous “10% Trade”

That call expired worthless last week so I’m simply selling another round of calls on those same shares.

There are likely two ways this new trade will work out — and they both spell at least double-digit annualized yields on my purchase price…

"10% Trade" with Exxon Mobil (XOM)

Scenario #1: XOM stays under $82.50 by June 16
If XOM stays under $82.50 by June 16 I’ll get to keep my 100 shares.

In the process, I’ll also have received $124.00 in covered call income ($1.24 x 100 shares).

The covered call income — known as a “premium” in the options world — was collected instantly yesterday.

It was deposited in the account where I made the trade, which is my 401k retirement account.

At the end of the day, if “Scenario 1″ plays out I’ll be looking at $118.40 in profit after commissions.

On a percentage basis, I received an instant 1.5% yield for selling the covered call ($1.24 / $81.53).

When I subtract out the commissions I’m looking at a 1.5% yield in 51 days… which works out to a 10.4% annualized yield.

Scenario #2: XOM climbs over $82.50 by June 16
If XOM climbs over $82.50 by June 16 my 100 shares will get sold (“called away”) at $82.50 per share.

In “Scenario 2″ — like “Scenario 1″ — I get to keep the $124.00 in covered call income ($1.24 x 100 shares). I’ll also generate $97.00 in capital gains ($0.97 X 100) because I bought at $81.53 and will be selling at $82.50.

In this scenario, after commissions I’ll be looking at a $207.21 profit.

From a percentage standpoint, this “10% Trade” will deliver an instant 1.5% yield for selling the covered call ($1.24 / $81.53) and a 1.2% return from capital gains ($0.97 / $81.53).

After subtracting out the commissions, I’m looking at a 2.5% total return in 53 days.

That works out to an 18.2% annualized yield from XOM.

Greg Patrick

P.S. The reason I’ve gone public with many of my real-life, real-money “10% Trades” is so you can see for yourself how entirely possible it is to boost your annualized yield on high-quality dividend growth stocks. Just keep in mind that these trades aren’t intended to be specific recommendations for you as an individual. Everyone has different financial situations, risk tolerance, goals, time frames, etc.

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