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New Trades – Part Two

Posted by mounddweller on November 11, 2011

Fellow Traders,

Let’s get right to it.  Yesterday, I told you I recently entered 4 new trades and discussed one of them, Waste Management, with you.  In this post I’m going to tell you about my other three trades, one with Cameco (CCJ) and two with the Royal Bank of Canada (RY).

First, let’s look at Cameco Corporation (CCJ).  Cameco Corporation operates as a uranium producer, supplier of conversion services, and fuel manufacturer.  The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Saskatoon, Canada.  This is not the first time I have traded CCJ.  I sold puts on CCJ back in March of this year.  You can read about that trade here:

Here’s my most recent trade.  On November 9th I sold 5 DEC $16 puts at $0.25.  At the time CCJ was trading at $19.44. Thus the $16 strike gave me 17.7% of DSP.  My ROIC, net of commissions on this trade is 1.43% with 38 days to expiration.  Annualized my return is 13.69%.  This is slightly under the 15% targeted return I referenced in my message yesterday but is still far better than money market or bank CD is paying.

Let’s look at the chart for CCJ and see why this trade caught my eye.

As you can see the price chart for CCJ is similar in many respects to that of WM which we discussed yesterday.  CCJ hit a 52-wk high of $44.81 back in February and then fell precipitously after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  Last month it hit bottom with a 52-wk low of $16.68.  It then bounced back up to around $23 before retreating again.  Yesterday, it closed at $19.38.

Here’s why I like this trade.  I think CCJ is oversold due to fallout from the Japanese earthquake.  CCJ mines uranium.  Nuclear power is not going the way of the dodo bird.  It will be around for a long time.  As a matter of fact CCJ is so confident of this it plans to double production by 2018.  If I have CCJ put to me at $16 I will own it below the current 52-wk low and very near the 2008 market lows.  It pays a modest dividend that has been steadily increasing for years.  CCJ currently yields 2%.  At my $16 strike it will have a dividend yield of 2.4%.  Not great, but again higher than short-term bond yields.

Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to tell you about my two recent trades in the Royal Bank of Canada (RY).  I have had my eye on RY for several months now.  RY is a favorite of my friend Teddi over at  Teddi has written about RY many times.  One of her most recent postings can be found here:

As I mentioned I have entered two separte trades on RY.  First, on November 1st I sold 2 NOV $45 puts at $0.80.  With 18 days to expiration net of commissions my ROIC is 1.68%.  Annualized that comes out to a return of 33.99%.  Then, with the stock continuing to exhibit further weakness, on November 9th I sold 2 DEC $40 puts at $0.75.  My ROIC, net of commissions, on this trade is 1.76% (16.91% annualized).

Looking at the chart you can see why I like these trades.  RY is a blue-chip Canadian bank.  It has fallen significantly due to the sovereign debt crisis in Europe.  However, todate there has been no indication that they have much exposure to this problem.  The stock is trading at 2 year lows.  Does that mean it can’t fall further.  No, certainly not.  During the financial crisis in 2008/2009 it did fall much lower.  However, what is important to note is that it quickly rebounded.

RY is a slightly different trade from my normal NP trades in that I want to own RY long-term.  It pays a large ($2.15 / 4.70%)and increasing dividend.   I would eventually like to own several hundred shares against which I can collect dividends and sell covered calls.  My strategy with RY will be very similar to that of my position in Exelon (EXC).

Well, that’s all I’ve got time for this time around.  I hope you will take time to do your own DD on these trades.  I especially like the WM and RY trades.  You may find them suitable for your trading portfolio as well.



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