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There are many dividend capturing strategies, and I have used more than one. In this article we will go over a few stocks that have upcoming dividends that can be captured at a minimum amount of risk. The criteria that I use is that I must be able to sell a call option in either the front, or first back month that is in the money, and with enough premium that I will not mind getting exercised early (which happens often and can be a good thing if the trades are executed correctly).

This is one of my favorite and easy to understand methods of making gains through options and dividends. Although much of the gains will come from dividends, it should be noted in my experience, the option decay can provide a greater return. This is especially true in lower yielding stocks.

PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) Yield: 5.04%
Dividend Amount: $0.35
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 0.45

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $27.00 strike call for $0.13 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.10 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -0.36 %, with a one year change of 4.39%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 9.42% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 12.88% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG) Yield: 4.15%
Dividend Amount: $0.34
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 0.49

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $30.00 strike call for $0.15 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.12 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has moved higher in price 0.76 %, with a one year change of 5.13%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 10.65% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 10.87% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Yield: 5.01%
Dividend Amount: $0.32
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 0.61

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $25.00 strike call for $0.27 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.24 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -1.08 %, with a one year change of 8.04%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 8.63% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 8.44% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

SCANA Corporation (NYSE:SCG) Yield: 4.96%
Dividend Amount: $0.48
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 0.55

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $35.00 strike call for $0.16 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.13 over intrinsic value.

In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -0.26 %, with a one year change of 1.56%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 9.53% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 2.90% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Ship Finance International Limit (NYSE:SFL) Yield: 11.11%
Dividend Amount: $0.39
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 1.45

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $12.50 strike call for $0.16 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.13 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -11.70 %, with a one year change of -20.14%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -3.03% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is -30.28% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE:RGC) Yield: 6.67%
Dividend Amount: $0.21
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 0.86

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $12.50 strike call for $0.43 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.40 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -1.49 %, with a one year change of 2.77%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 8.18% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 14.71% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ:FTR) Yield: 10.39%
Dividend Amount: $0.19
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 0.75

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $7.00 strike call for $0.15 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.12 over intrinsic value.

In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -3.60 %, with a one year change of -5.74%.
Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 5.86% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is -20.70% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP) Yield: 2.96%
Dividend Amount: $0.36
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 0.67

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $47.00 strike call for $0.50 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.47 over intrinsic value.

In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -5.46 %, with a one year change of 25.63%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 3.82% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 12.42% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) Yield: 1.73%
Dividend Amount: $0.10
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 2.18

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $19.00 strike call for $0.38 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.30 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -15.35 %, with a one year change of 72.52%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -7.04% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 29.99% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Becton, Dickinson and Co. (NYSE:BDX) Yield: 2.06%
Dividend Amount: $0.41
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 0.56

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $75.00 strike call for $0.37 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.34 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -4.64 %, with a one year change of 15.84%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 4.72% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 0.81% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS) Yield: 3.01%
Dividend Amount: $0.28
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 0.83

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $35.00 strike call for $0.62 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.59 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -17.09 %, with a one year change of -18.82%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -8.95% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is -28.19% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TRV) Yield: 3.4%
Dividend Amount: $0.41
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 0.67

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $45.00 strike call for $0.60 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.57 over intrinsic value.

In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -12.39 %, with a one year change of -1.49%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -3.79% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is -7.34% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE:WLP) Yield: 1.65%
Dividend Amount: $0.25
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 1.03

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $55.00 strike call for $0.60 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.57 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -10.54 %, with a one year change of 19.33%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -1.76% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 13.58% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) Yield: 2.24%
Dividend Amount: $0.46
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 1.01

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $75.00 strike call for $1.16 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $1.13 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -16.39 %, with a one year change of 13.65%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -8.18% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is -10.57% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) Yield: 4.13%
Dividend Amount: $0.70
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 0.39

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $67.50 strike call for $0.85 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.82 over intrinsic value.

In the last month, the stock has increased in price 3.78 %, with a one year change of 5.84%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 13.97% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 14.99% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:CCE) Yield: 1.97%
Dividend Amount: $0.13
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 1.20

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $25.00 strike call for $0.35 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.32 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -6.15 %, with a one year change of -6.88%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 3.06% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 12.63% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE:DEO) Yield: 3.2%
Dividend Amount: $1.01
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 0.74

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $75.00 strike call for $0.70 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.67 over intrinsic value.

In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -4.17 %, with a one year change of 19.29%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 5.24% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 11.94% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE:JCI) Yield: 2.12%
Dividend Amount: $0.16
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 1.84

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $28.00 strike call for $0.55 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.52 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -18.13 %, with a one year change of 13.21%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -10.09% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is -15.37% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) Yield: 3.41%
Dividend Amount: $0.45
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 0.73

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $50.00 strike call for $0.25 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.12 over intrinsic value.

In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -0.70 %, with a one year change of 24.50%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 9.05% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 9.89% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

V.F. Corporation (NYSE:VFC) Yield: 2.21%
Dividend Amount: $0.63
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 0.93

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $110.00 strike call for $2.28 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $2.25 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -2.34 %, with a one year change of 55.85%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 7.25% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 41.46% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

BHP Billiton Limited (ADR) (NYSE:BHP) Yield: 2.46%
Dividend Amount: $1.10
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 1.43

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $75.00 strike call for $0.72 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.69 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -10.48 %, with a one year change of 24.56%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -1.69% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is -5.74% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Titanium Metals Corporation (TIE) Yield: 2.12%
Dividend Amount: $0.07
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 1.60

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $13.00 strike call for $0.28 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.25 over intrinsic value.

In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -20.46 %, with a one year change of -20.99%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -12.65% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is -11.98% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

BHP Billiton plc (ADR) (NYSE:BBL) Yield: 3.11%
Dividend Amount: $1.10
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 1.47

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $60.00 strike call for $0.86 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $0.83 over intrinsic value.

In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -13.64 %, with a one year change of 17.28%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -5.16% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is -13.84% vs. the S&P 500 price change.


Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:KRO) Yield: 2.88%
Dividend Amount: $0.15
Ex-Dividend Date: September 7, 2011
Beta: 1.46

Strategy:
In combination with buying the stock, sell the $20.00 strike call for $1.15 over the intrinsic value. The option may get exercised early for a gain. If not, after qualifying for the dividend, offer to cover position with a premium of $1.12 over intrinsic value.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -32.82 %, with a one year change of 43.94%. Compared to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -26.22% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 4.64% vs. the S&P 500 price change.


Remember, you must buy a stock at least three business days before the record date (at least one business day before the ex-dividend date) to qualify for a dividend.

My last step (completed before making a trade on the same day) is to check company announcements, and news sources for possible events that may cause the stock price to move. This is especially important during earnings season.

I research the different call options and calculate the expected probabilities based on Beta, Bid, Offer, Volume traded the current day, open interest, and time value / implied volatility. The Options offer some level of protection from down moves in the stock, and provide revenue to cover the times that the options do not fully cover down moves in the stock. Income is not needed from the option Premiums, so a break even from premiums received/stock losses ratio is a win.

I use a proprietary blend of technical analysis, financial crowd behavior, and fundamentals in my short-term trades, and while not totally the same in longer swing trades to investments, the concepts used are similar.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Disclaimer: Nothing in the article should be considered investment advise, but you may want to use this article as a starting point of your own research with your financial planner. I use Seeking Alpha, Edgar Online, Google Finance, MSN Money, cnbc.com, Zacks and Yahoo Finance for most of my data.

Source: Using Options To Capture Dividends Ex-Dividend Date, September 7, 2011