4 Low-Risk, Income Options Trades to Take Uncertainty Out of the Market

 |  Includes: IBM, KO, MCD, XOM
by: David Ristau

Are you tired of this volatility. I sure am. Yet, we can take advantage of it with some nice premiums on low risk trades.

We have found four blue chip options trades that can make a nice amount of income on risk that can provide some decent returns. Most of all, these trades are safe. They will gyrate with the market but with much less risk. Further, they are looking extremely cheap, and we are seeing a lot of market makers saying they are interested.

IBM (NYSE:IBM) - Aug20 Bull Put Spread 150/145
Paying: 0.31
Risk: 86% chance of expiring worthless.
Return on Investment: 5.8%

We like IBM to hold its 200-day MA at $159.50. The stock is a stalwart, but it has dropped $20 from its high after earnings. This move is unwarranted, and a move to $150 in IBM in the next seven trading days means a 10% drop in the market at least. Doesn't sound likely.

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Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) - Aug20 Bull Put Spread 60/57.50
Paying: 0.17
Risk: 85% chance of expiring worthless.
Return on Investment: 6.4%

Coke is right on its 200-day MA right now at $64.50. It would take another big market shift down to take Coke to $60, and we do not see that happening. It's not a huge payment, but it's cheap. You can make a quick $75 for $1,000.

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McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) - Selling Aug20 $77.50 Puts
Paying: 0.35
Risk: 88% chance of expiring worthless.
Return on Investment: 4.32%

This one is pretty awesome. McDonald's is holding the 50-day MA and 200-day MA. The company just won a great upgrade, and while the payment is small and ROI is small, it is a trade you can count on to come through for you. That is something that we do not have a lot of right now - certainty.

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Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) - Aug20 Bull Put Spread 62.50/60
Paying: 0.23
Risk: 83% chance of expiring worthless.
Return on Investment: 8.42%

This one is probably the riskiest of all, but it would mean a more than 10% drop in XOM's stock price. XOM has failed the 50-day, 20-day and 200-day MA, so we are basically just hoping that the market is done failing. The stock has not been this cheap since December of 2010, and we see downside as limited from here. Of all ideas, this is the riskiest.

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