Retail Investing – Returned +0.9% Return in Mar 07

In article, “Wal-Mart (WMT) Stuck in a Retail Rut”, we analyzed retail stores for a covered calls stock options strategy. In article, “Retail Investing – Returns Sweet +4% Return in Jan 07″, we selected positions for expiration in March of 2007, and even though the overall stock market was very gloomy, the strategy still returned +0.9, not bad considering the S&P500 index was down over 5% during the same time period.

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The retail sector has reported mediocre results over the last couple months, and a lot of the gloominess can be attributed to bad weather, but the bad weather is now behind us for the year (we hope), and so the retail sector has a bullish look to it.

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We still consider covered calls for retailers to be an attractive strategy, and we searched for potentially lucrative covered calls stock options positions using PowerOptionsstock options search tools for stock options expiring in May of 2007 and found the following positions.

PowerOptions covered call search
Stock
Sym
Stock
Price
Option
Sym
Expire
&Strike
Opt
Bid
%Dnsd.
Prot
%If
Unch.
%If
Assgnd.
SHLD 182.27 (+2.16) KDUEQ 07 MAY 185.0 (57) 6.10 3.3 3.5 5.0
TGT 61.47 (+0.24) TGTEZ 07 MAY 62.5 (57) 1.60 2.6 2.7 4.4
WMT 47.95 (-0.06) WMTEW 07 MAY 47.5 (57) 1.65 3.4 2.6 2.6
JCP 81.69 (+0.24) JCPEQ 07 MAY 85.0 (57) 1.95 2.4 2.4 6.6
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The retail covered calls stock options positions found are all out-of-the-money and have potential returns ranging from 2.4% to 6.6% with downside protections ranging from 2.4% to 3.4%. The stock for a covered calls position can decrease and still remain profitable, as long as it does not decrease more than its downside protection.

To realize the maximum return for an out-of-the-money covered calls position, the stock price of the position must increase to or above the strike price of the call option.

Competitors:
Competitors for SHLD include: Target Corp. (TGT), Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), and J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc. (private).
Competitors for TGT include: Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST), Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), Kmart Corporation (private), Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY), Big Lots Inc. (BIG), Charming Shoppes Inc. (CHRS), Gymboree Corp. (GYMB), Penney (J.C.) Co. Inc. (JCP), Kohls Corp. (KSS), PetsMart Inc. (PETM), Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD), Stage Stores Inc. (SSI), and Tuesday Morning Corp. (TUES).
Competitors for WMT include: Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST), Target Corp. (TGT), Carrefour SA (private), Autozone Inc. (AZO), Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY), Best Buy Co. Inc. (BBY), Big Lots Inc. (BIG), Brown Shoe Co. Inc. (BWS), CSK Auto Corp. (CAO), Circuit City Stores Inc. (CC), Casual Male Retail Group Inc. (CMRG), Conns Inc. (CONN), CVS Corp. (CVS), Dicks Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS), drugstore.com Inc. (DSCM), Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO), Foot Locker Inc. (FL), Freds Inc. (FRED), Hibbett Sporting Goods Inc. (HIBB), Penney (J.C.) Co. Inc. (JCP), Kroger Co. (KR), Longs Drug Stores Corp. (LDG), Nash Finch Co. (NAFC), 99 Cents Only Stores (NDN), PetsMart Inc. (PETM), Payless ShoeSource Inc. (PSS), Rite Aid Corp. (RAD), Renters Choice Inc. (RCII), Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. (SBH), Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD), Stage Stores Inc. (SSI), Safeway Inc. (SWY), Walgreen Co. (WAG), and Zale Corp. (ZLC).
Competitors for JCP include: Target Corp. (TGT), Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), Sears, Roebuck and Co. (private), and DSW Inc. (DSW).
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