With analysts predicting the Feds will not cut interest rates because of inflation woes and Alan Greenspan saying publicly there is a 33% chance of recession, it leaves little for investors to be optimistic about. Noting this, we will take a look at promising small cap covered call option opportunities.
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Barry James, a portfolio manager for the conservative Golden Rainbow Fund plugged three stocks in a recent interview on Jim Cramer’s Thestreet.com online network in a video entitled “Small Cap Standouts.”
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Although James noted the three small caps, American Electric Power, American Physicians Capital and CNA Surety, he was a little bearish on the economy saying, “We saw in the last part of last year, the economy was slowing below trend line growth.” He went on to say the American economy would be “definitely below trend growth this year.” Both American Physicians Capital and CNA Surety do not offer options.
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Small Caps with Potential:
American Electric Power (AEP) a utility stock operating in the states of Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Mr. James noted this company as a potential growth and profit magnet.
Encore Wire Corporation (WIRE) is a company manufacturing copper electrical wire. It supplies residential wire for interior electrical wiring in homes, apartments, and manufactured housing. Although the housing slump may be affecting its price, the company has a P/E of around 5 and a number of analysts are calling it a “strong buy.”
Georgia Gulf Corporation (GGC) makes chemicals used for construction, engineering plastics, and paper production applications. It too has a P/E of around 5. In addition, there were heavy insider acquisitions in late February.
Competitors for AEP include: Centerpoint Energy Inc. (CNP), Duke Energy Corp. (DUK), Entergy Corp. (ETR), American Commercial Lines LLC (ACLI), Constellation Energy Grp (CEG), CMS Energy Corp. (CMS), Dominion Resources Inc. (D), DPL Inc. (DPL), Dynegy Inc. (DYN), Aquila Inc. (ILA), PG&E Corp. (PCG), PNM Resources Inc. (PNM), Reliant Resources Inc. (RRI), Texas Utilities Co. (TXU), and Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL).
Competitors for WIRE include: General Cable Corp. (BGC), Cerro Wire & Cable Co., Inc. (private), and Southwire Company (private).
Competitors for GGC include: Dow Chemical Co. (DOW), Polyone Corp. (POL), and Formosa Plastics Corporation (private).
All of the following option trades have 61 days until expiration. AEP is currently trading at $45.97, WIRE is currently trading at $24.41 and GGC is currently trading at $17.65. These trades were discovered using the powerful suite of option search tools found at PowerOptions.
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|AEP||$45.97||AEPEI||07 MAY $45.00||$2.00||4.40%||2.30%||2.30%|
|WIRE||$24.41||EJOEX||07 MAY $22.50||$2.75||11.30%||3.90%||3.90%|
|WIRE||$24.41||EJOEE||07 MAY $25.00||$1.40||5.70%||6.10%||8.60%|
|GGC||$17.65||GGCEW||07 MAY $17.50||$1.40||7.90%||7.70%||7.70%|
|GGC||$17.65||GGCED||07 MAY $20.00||$0.55||3.10%||3.20%||17.00%|
The listed covered call options offer an array of downside protection between 3.1 and 11.3% and offer potential profits ranging from 2.3 to 17.0% (61 days). All of the trades listed above will require around $1,500 to $4,500 to enter a position.
A riskier, but somewhat less capital intensive, alternative is a bull call debit spread. For example, a bull call debit spread may require less than a $1,000 in capital to enter a similar position as those described above. If you wish, you can research other possible trades with the suite of tools found at PowerOptions.
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