Lance Inc. (LNCE) released its fourth quarter earnings Monday in a report showing profit more than tripling over the same period one year ago. But higher commodity prices, such as flour and corn, as well as less than anticipated sales of cookies and crackers slightly decreased results in the fourth quarter causing the stock to be below Wall Street estimates.
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CEO David V. Singer called 2007 “another year of transition.” He went on to state the company would focus on the most profitable products as they try to improve the efficiency of its supply chain and delivery system. However, some analysts feel the stock is undervalued as it languishes at 22% of its 52-week range. Analysts at Matrix Research recently upgraded the stock and Jonathan Feeney of Wachovia Securities gives the stock a five-star rating.
Other positive attributes of the company include its debt to equity ratio, currently at a low 0.22 compared to a 0.81 industry average and its quarterly growth rate is expected to be between 15 and 30%.
A covered call strategy provides income that helps cushion, but does not eliminate, the downside risk of stock ownership. As a tradeoff for providing premium income, the strategy limits the potential upside return. The option writer would only incur a loss if the underlying security dropped below the break-even price. (This is referred to as the downside protection when a position is established).
If you believe Lance is a solid company over the long term, several hundred shares could be purchased and call options could be written every month on the stock.
All of the following option trades have 57 days until expiration. Lance Inc. is currently trading at $20.14. These trades were discovered using the powerful suite of option search tools found at PowerOptions.
|Covered Call â€“ LANCE INC (LNCE) $ 20.14 (57)|
|UEWDW||07 APR $17.5||$2.90||14.40%||1.30%||1.30%|
|UEWDD||07 APR $20||$1.15||5.70%||5.30%||5.30%|
The first covered call trade, an in the money covered call, offers 14.4% downside protection and a potential profit of 1.3% if the stock remains unchanged or rises. The net cost of this trade, per 100 options, is $1,726.00.
The second covered call trade, an in the money covered call, offers 5.7% downside protection and a potential profit of 5.3% if the stock remains unchanged or rises. The net cost of this trade, per 100 options, is $1,899.00.
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