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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 (OTM) to avoid being called away and to give room for underlying movement.

  • Targeted expirations will be within four months. Optimally, calls will be written on the same underlying stock 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 October 18, 2012 market close

Summary on selection:

After the debacle with Google today I felt compelled to post some tech related stocks for those of you who were beaten up yesterday. I included Apple and Google in yesterday's article so I decided to focus on the others today. If you were quick enough to sell the calls I recommended on Google this morning you'll most likely be able to close them out tomorrow for a great profit. The semiconductor industry is particularly interesting to me based on the demand for smart phones, tablets, and laptops looking forward into the future. The old days of having one house phone and one desktop per family are over. If you're holding any of these please take a look at the ideas below, income generation from calls can boost the porfotlio performance greatly when used properly. As always, these articles are not recommendations to buy or sell certain equities, the idea is to help spotlight call contracts to help boost returns.

CEVA Inc. (CEVA) December 17.50 call

TickerCEVA
Strike17.5
Exp MonthDecember
Stock Price$15.02
Call Bid$0.45
Days to Expiration65
OTM16.51%
Call Yield2.66%
Annualized Call Yield14.95%
Annual Dividend Yield0.00%
Total Annual Yield14.95%

Microchip Technology (MCHP) January 34 call

TickerMCHP
Strike34
Exp MonthJanuary
Stock Price$31.72
Call Bid$0.45
Days to Expiration93
OTM7.19%
Call Yield1.26%
Annualized Call Yield4.95%
Annual Dividend Yield4.43%
Total Annual Yield9.38%

ARM Holdings (ARMH) January 31 call

TickerAMD
Strike31
Exp MonthJanuary
Stock Price$28.50
Call Bid$0.85
Days to Expiration93
OTM8.77%
Call Yield2.81%
Annualized Call Yield11.02%
Annual Dividend Yield0.56%
Total Annual Yield11.58%
Source: 3 Semiconductor Covered Call Ideas: CEVA, MCHP, ARMH