As a long-term value investor, I generally don't trade a lot of options, but I do find that put writing is often an effective dual strategy that can be used either to generate current income or to acquire stock at reasonable valuations. I've found such an opportunity with Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) options expiring in January '13.
The Jan '13 Procter and Gamble $60 put currently trades for $3.00 a share. With $5700 of cash required to cover ($6000 - $300 credit), writing this put yields 5.26% over the duration of the put - or just over 10% annualized, as 01/19/13 is a little more than six months away. This put option has gained in value recently due to P&G's dip.
The factor that makes this an attractive income play is that Procter & Gamble has long-term support in the $59-$60 range. As you can see in the chart below, it has bounced off that line every time it has hit it, with the exception of Aug '11, right after the US credit downgrade - but it bounced back up within days. The chance of assignment is slim based on this long-term support line.
Even if assignment does occur, investors should be pleased with the position. Assignment would occur at a cost basis of $57.00, which would represent a P/E of 17.7 and a dividend yield of 3.93%. This is an attractive entry point to a quality stock that has increased dividends for 55 consecutive years.
In conclusion, writing the $60.00 Jan '13 puts is a win-win trade. Investors either get shares of P&G at a very attractive price, or they get a 5.26% cash "interest" payment for their trouble.
Investors may also wish to consider the $57.50 Jan '13 puts, which can be written for a $2.00 credit. This works out to a 6.8% annualized yield, and the $55.50 entry point is even more attractive. As I personally believe P&G is unlikely to breach the $59 support line, I prefer the $60 put - but both provide decent yield.
Additional disclosure: I may initiate either of the trades mentioned in the next 72 hours.
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