Update on AMZN Covered Call Strategy after 277 Days, +$92,620, ROI 81% or 107% Annualized

AMZN CC strategy continues to perform well. Tables below show the continued progress. In late January I switched the tracking software so the graph starts with the historical profit on the stock, option and net as of Jan 25. In the tables below it shows our all time profits on AMZN as well as the Current Position Profit. On the right is the current position in our portfolio.

The table below shows the importance of the call premiums. On 1/25/21 we had a profit on the stock of $90,011 and a loss on the options of $5,700 for net gain of $84,311. In the next 25 days the net price of AMZN declined and our profit on the stock dropped from $90,011 to $85,601. The option premiums collected during the 25 days (we rolled the options 14 times….to mostly ATM strike prices) improved the profitability on the options from ($5,700) to $7,019. Despite the drop in stock profit our overall net profit on the position increased from $84,311 to $92,620. Historically we have been challenged to create profit on the short options as the stock price continually increased. In the past 25 days the covered call strategy is performing the way we would hope.

This is not investment advice. I am sharing a position that has worked out well for me. No guarantee that it will work out in the future. Individual investor….not a licensed professional.

New CC in RTX (Raytheon)

This morning we initiated a new CC in RTX. Purchased 1000 shares and sold 10 Feb 26 $74.50 Call options. Net price was $72.33. In addition to capturing the call premium we are looking to capture the dividend of $.475 that goes ex-div 2/25. Stock is up $.93 since we bought the position. Max profit if the stock reaches and stays above $74.50 is $2.17 ($74.50 strike price – net price of $72.33) + dividend ($.475) = $2.645 (3.7% in 7 days). Our break even is $72.33 (net price) – $.475 (dividend) = $71.855. Our intent is to capture the dividend and exit the position next Friday.

IB Account – Current Positions and Progress

We currently have 10 positions (9 different stocks, tracking two SDC positions entered differently). 8 of the 9 positions are profitable generating unrealized profit of $143,975. The stocks have performed very well generating most of the profits.

Below are graphs of each position over time. In addition to selling calls against the stock we have selectively started using put options. If one of our stocks has a drop and we feel it will rebound we will sell a Bull Put Spread looking to profit from the rebound in stock price. We have also sold some naked puts if we are interested in acquiring more shares in the company (did this to acquire more SDC…..by selling a naked put you bring in premium but sign up to purchase the stock if the stock drops below the strike price….downside is large potential loss if the stock were drop significantly so very selective on where to use this (used in on ATEC and stock went up).

Covered Call on NIO, Unrealized profit of $56,870.

We established the covered call position on NIO on Aug 20, 2020. It has been a wild ride with the stock driving profit of $87,917 and the options generating ($31,047) for a net profit of $56,870. We have been rolling the options on a weekly basis trying to maintain “at the money” options. Despite the excellent option premiums it has been a challenge to write profitable options which is typical with stocks that show substantial appreciation in a short period of time. Intent is to keep NIO for the long term as it has excellent upside….but we need to modify our option approach as we are not optimizing the potential.

Closed CC on CFG, Profit of +1.7% in 13 Days, 47.8% Annualized

We closed our covered call on CFG today. When we opened the position on 1/26 our goal was to capture the $.39 x 500 shares dividend ( x-div on 2/20). We made a small profit on the covered call ($140). We pick up an additional $195 in profit when the dividend is paid for a total profit of $335. Our investment for the covered call was $19,600 (Cost of stock minus option premium received). ROI was 1.7% in 13 days or 47.8% annualized.

The graph below shows the daily profitability of the position. Share prices fell immediately after we established the position. As the stock recovered the net daily profit of the covered call (yellow line) improved. We started making money on the covered call on Feb.5.

We closed the position down to decrease our margin in the account. On Friday we “rolled up” a lot of stock which increased the margin to an uncomfortable level.

New Covered Call on IBM

We established a new CC on IBM today purchasing 200 shares at $119.65 and selling 2 Feb 19 $120 Calls for $1.53. Net price was $118.12 (stock price – option premium received).

IBM has a $1.63 dividend coming up (ex-div on Feb 9).

If IBM stays above $120 our potential profit is $3.41 (difference between net price and strike price ($1.78) + plus the dividend ($1.63)) or 2.9% in 15 days). We are not planning on holding the shares for the long term….just looking to capture the dividend and some premium over the next two weeks.

New Diagonal Bull Put Spread on ATEC

In our Schwab 401K account we have had success with a covered call strategy on ATEC. We established the CC position in Oct 2020. Since then we have rolled the options 7 times resulting in an overall profit of $22,864. Based on the success with the stock and favorable outlook and recommendation by Canaccord we expanded our position to include a Diagonal Bull Put Spread.

We established a “defined risk” put spread versus just selling the puts naked. We sold “at the money” Mar 19 $15 Puts for $1.64. and purchased Jul 16 2021 $12.50 Puts for $1.71 as a “back stop” to our short put position.

Our maximum risk is the spread between the long ($12.50) and short ($15.00) strike prices (= $2.50 per share).

Our goal is for ATEC to remain above $15 allowing the short Mar $15 puts to expire at $0 then sell April puts (hopefully followed by May, Jun and Jul Puts).

We are prepared to add to our ATEC stock position if the trade goes against us and we have to purchase the shares for $15.

This is not investment advice….just sharing a personal trade.

New Covered Call on KBH

We initiated a new covered call position on KBH (home builder). We purchased 300 shares @$42.52 and sold Feb 19 $43 Call options for $2.025. This is the first time we have done a covered call with a real estate developer/builder. Recent financial results were excellent. Stock goes xdiv of Feb 3 with a $.60 dividend.

Picked up the idea from CoveredCallAdvisor.com. Had success following some of their ideas previously. They were more conservative and sold a deeper in the money call. My goal is to pick up the dividend and continuing writing call options against the stock for a few months.