4 Energy Covered Call Ideas: National Oilwell Varco, Valero, Schlumberger, Halliburton

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 |  Includes: HAL, NOV, SLB, VLO
by: Covered Call Strategies

In the endless search for yield, a covered-call strategy can be an effective tool to supplement portfolio performance. In addition to finding returns from call premium, I'll try to incorporate higher quality dividend stocks for a little something extra. The guidelines for the covered-call strategy are:

  • Generating more than 7% per year from the calls and dividends combined is the overall goal.
  • Call should be at least 8% out of the money, to avoid being called away and to give room for underlying movement.
  • Targeted expirations will be within 4 months. Optimally calls will be written on the same underlying 3-4 times per year.
  • Buying back calls to close before expirations takes place will be taken into account; yields are calculated bid-$0.05.

The picks should be looked upon as yield generators to supplement longer-term equity holdings. The above are only guidelines, however, not rules. Before utilizing the strategy, make sure to study it and know the potential hiccups that may occur.

Annualized Call Yield performance can be calculated as such:

= (Call premium - 0.05 /Stock price)/Days to expiration*365

Prices current as of August 2, 2012 market close

National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV) September 80 call

Strike 80
Exp Month September
Stock Price $72.74
Call Bid $0.83
Days to Expiration 51
OTM 9.98%
Call Yield 1.07%
Annualized Call Yield 7.67%
Annual Dividend Yield 0.65%
Total Annual Yield 8.32%
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Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) September 30 call

Strike 30
Exp Month September
Stock Price $27.30
Call Bid $0.44
Days to Expiration 51
OTM 9.89%
Call Yield 1.43%
Annualized Call Yield 10.22%
Annual Dividend Yield 2.58%
Total Annual Yield 12.80%
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Schlumberger NV (NYSE:SLB) September 77.5 call

Strike 77.5
Exp Month September
Stock Price $70.83
Call Bid $0.62
Days to Expiration 51
OTM 9.42%
Call Yield 0.80%
Annualized Call Yield 5.76%
Annual Dividend Yield 1.53%
Total Annual Yield 7.29%
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Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) September 35 call

Strike 35
Exp Month September
Stock Price $32.86
Call Bid $0.57
Days to Expiration 51
OTM 6.51%
Call Yield 1.58%
Annualized Call Yield 11.33%
Annual Dividend Yield 1.08%
Total Annual Yield 12.41%
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Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.