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New Investment – KMI

Posted by mounddweller on March 30, 2018

Fellow Investors,

Over the past few weeks I have been looking to make one or two opportunistic additions to my long-term investment portfolio.  In a previous post I mentioned an interest in IBM and OKE.  I still have both of these on my radar screen.  However, my interest in OKE and the fact that mid-stream O&G companies in general have fallen out of favor on Wall Street led me to expand my research.  In addition to OKE, I also began to keep an eye on ENB and KMI.

All 3 companies are leaders in the mid-stream space of the O&G industry.  While I really like OKE, I decided to do more due diligence on ENB and KMI because, in my opinion, they represented a better value.  Then, after comparing ENB and KMI, I decided I liked KMI just a bit better than ENB for the following reasons:

(1) ENB pays dividends in Canadian dollars, thus there is a currency risk,

(2) KMI is further along in strengthening its balance sheet.

Thus, last week when it appeared pessimism was at a peak I made two trades.  First, I bought 200 shares of KMI at $14.84 per share.  Second, I STO 2 KMI SEP 15 puts at $1.30.  KMI currently pays a $0.50 dividend.  Thus, my initial dividend yield is 3.37%.  Nothing to get too excited about, right?  However, if you’ve followed KMI in the past you know that they have had a few rough years.  They grew too fast and incurred too much debt.  As recently as 2014 KMI had paid quarterly dividends at an annual rate of $2.00 per share.  In order to restructure their balance sheet and get back in the good graces of the analysts on Wall Street, they cut their dividend by 75% and used the savings to pay down debt and become self-funding.  By that I mean their plan going forward is to fund all of their future growth out of existing cash flow without having to access the debt or equity markets.  Having done that for the past couple of years KMI is now positioned to again begin growing its dividend.  For 2018, they have announced plans to increase the dividend from $0.50 to $0.80.  Barring unforeseen events the plan calls for further increases to $1.00 in 2019 and $1.25 in 2020.  If these plans come to fruition my yield on cost in 2020 will be a very impressive 8.42%.

Now, let’s take a look at the puts I sold.  As referenced above, I STO 2 KMI SEP 15 puts at $1.30.  I decided to sell these puts for a couple different reasons:

(1) I wanted to leg into a full position in KMI over time, and

(2) the relatively high VIX gave me an opportunity to make a higher ROIC than if I had just bought another 200 shares of stock.

Since these are cash secured puts my ROIC is 8.67% (1.3/15).  That is significantly higher than 5.39% (0.8/14.84) return I would have gotten had I just purchased the shares outright.  Better yet, my annualized return on the puts is 17.57%, since my maximum holding period is only 180 days.

If I have KMI shares put to me in SEP at $15, my cost basis will only be $13.70.  This will give me a yield on cost of 5.84% in 2018, 7.30% in 2019, and 9.12% in 2020.

At these prices and rates of return I am very happy to have added KMI to my long-term portfolio.  I am continuing to keep an eye on OKE and hope to make an equally attractive entry in it later this year.  I’d like to own OKE at $45 or less.  Thus, it will take a bit more volatility in the market before I can hope to achieve this price target.

Best Regards,

Troy

 

 

 

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September 2014 Results

Posted by mounddweller on October 6, 2014

Fellow Traders,

There isn’t much to report for the month of September.  The level of activity at work has severely curtailed my trading.  This is both a good and a bad thing.  Good in that it has allowed me to miss several ‘opportunities’ which likely would have resulted in a bad trade and would have put me in a rescue mode.  Bad in that I did make a few snap decisions which I’m now regretting.  Let’s first look at the trades I closed in September.

I closed 3 trades in September.  They were in KMI, TGT, and TROW.  KMI is a stock in which I’m looking to build a long-term position.  I have been trading naked puts in KMI since February.  The range of puts I have sold has been $32.50 – $37.50.  In September I had 2 SEP $37.50 puts expire OTM.  This trade netted me $118.05 with a ROIC of 1.57%.  I kept the trade very small because I felt KMI might fall further and I wanted to be able to roll out and down while increasing the number of contacts as necessary.  That didn’t happen so I’m happy with a small profit.

Next up is TGT.  My TGT trade started back in early August as a buy/write in order to capture the dividend.  I bought the stock at $58.06 and sold the AUG $58 calls.  The calls were exercised and I had the stock called away from me at expiration and after the ex-date.  The dividend landed in my account on September 10.  This trade was also small, only a couple hundred shares.  I netted $195.10 and my ROIC was 1.68%.

My last closed trade was in TROW.  TROW is another stock in which I’d like to build a long-term position.  Back in July I began this effort by selling the AUG $80 put.  TROW fell significantly in AUG and rather than accept assignment I decided to roll the AUG puts out into SEP.  TROW subsequently recovered and the SEP $80 puts expired OTM.  This trade netted me $216.60 and my ROIC was 2.71%.  I am now waiting to reenter the trade with NOV expirations being the target.

Now let’s take a look at the new trades I opened in September.  Actually one, VALE is a trade I opened in late August.  You’ll recall I sold the SEP $12.50 puts for $0.15 and said I’d let the stock be put to me if they expired ITM.  The purpose of doing so was to be long the shares and in a position to capture the substantial $0.40 semi-annual dividend whose ex-date is October 17.  The trade started out as planned but has fallen much further than I anticipated.  I am now sitting on a substantial unrealized loss as I bought the stock at $12.50 and it closed today at $11.31.  This, however, is an improvement over its low last week of $10.61.  My plan remains to sell $12.50 calls after it recovers and I’ve earned the dividend.  Now it just looks like it’ll take a bit longer than I originally anticipated.

My new open trade is in ADI.  Specifically, I sold the OCT $49 puts at $0.75.  This is one of those cases where I took my eye off the ball and let the trade run away from me.  My original intent was to sell the puts as the result of the stock hitting and bouncing off the lower Bollinger Band.  The trade was to end when the rebound petered out and I had captured a large portion of the initial premium.  Unfortunately as I mentioned at the beginning of the post I’ve been very busy at work and I missed the turn in the stock.  ADI got as high $50.64 after bouncing off the lower Bollinger Band at around $48.72.  Today, ADI closed at $47.15.  Unless we have a big bounce in ADI before expiration, I’ll need to roll this position out and down.  I’ll likely increase the number of puts in the trade and roll down to the $48 strike.

So there you have it.  That’s the extent of my trading during September.  Best of luck to everyone as we head into the historically volatile month of October.

Regards,

Troy

 

 

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August 2014 Results

Posted by mounddweller on August 29, 2014

Fellow Traders,

Well another month has passed us by.  This one seemed to pass by very quickly.  Let’s see how I did.

I closed 5 positions this month, 4 were winners and one was a loser.  Let’s put the bad news behind us and talk about the loser first.  Back in April of this year I bought JUL $VIX puts.  My rationale was that the VIX was very low and that we’d have a pullback at some point before July expiration after all the big shots on Wall Street headed for the Hamptons in late May.  Alas, the substantial pullback I felt was a certainty never transpired.  Instead the averages just kept plowing on to new highs and the $VIX got even lower.

In early JUL as expiration drew ominously closer I decided to roll my puts out by selling the JUL puts and buying AUG puts.  The total amount of capital I had in the trade at this point was $1,578.  Thankfully for me we finally got a small, quick pullback in early AUG which allowed me to exit the position with a loss of just $530.  Am I happy about the loss, definitely not!  However, it is a much better result than losing the entire $1,578.  I could have rolled out again and tried to wait out being able to exit at a profit but given the market’s trend to the upside I decided to just cut my losses and move on.

This was the 3rd time I’ve tried to trade the $VIX.  I’ve lost money 2 of the 3 times.  I doubt I’ll try this trade again anytime soon.  OK, enough said about the lone loser.  Let’s now look at my winners.

My four winning trades were in INTC, MAT, QCOM, and TGT.

Last month I told you about being called out of my long-term position in INTC with deep ITM covered calls at $27.  The other part of that original trade included more covered calls at the AUG $26 strike.  I got called away at $26 and ended up making 9.88% on the trade.  I still have some INTC left in my account that I hadn’t sold covered calls against.  I will look to add to that position in the coming months once INTC falls back into my buy range which is just under $30.

Now, let’s look at MAT.  You’ll recall I originally sold the AUG $35 puts at $0.35 and my plan was to take assignment if they closed ITM and then turn around and sell SEP covered calls and try to collect the $0.38 dividend, the ex-date of which was 8/25.  Well, at AUG expiration MAT closed at $35.08, thus my AUG puts expired worthless.  On the following Monday with the dividend ex-date only one week away I took another look at my options.  As it turned out premiums were far better for the SEP puts than they were for the calls even after accounting for the $0.38 dividend.  Thus, I decided to sell the SEP $35 puts for $0.70.  After going ex-dividend on 8/25 MAT fell through support at $35 and got to as low as $34.46 on 8/26.  On 8/27 it bounced so I decided to buy back the SEP $35 puts at $0.55.  Doing so got me out of the trade with a profit of 1.24% in 41 days.  I’m now looking for a good time to re-enter the position as I feel MAT is a true bargain at these levels.  I’m currently tracking the SEP and OCT $34 puts.  MAT closed today at $34.46.

Next up is QCOM.  Last month I mentioned that QCOM was taking me for a wild ride.  Thankfully the ride, while exciting, ended profitably.  I entered this position back on July 24th by selling the AUG $74.50 puts.  A week later I had to role these down to the AUG29 $74 puts.  Then just one day later I had to roll down yet again, this time to the SEP $72.50 puts.  I also had to increase the number of contracts to keep the trade in a net credit status.  It bottomed at $72.49 on August 7th and has been rising nicely ever since.  On 8/26 I bought back my SEP $72.50 puts at $0.13.  I ended up closing the trade with a net gain of 0.79% (about $180).

My last ‘closed’ trade is in TGT.  I have closed in quotation marks it isn’t officially closed yet.  I’m actually waiting on the dividend I captured to hit my account on 9/10.  On 8/15 I bought TGT at $58.06 and sold the AUG22 $58 calls for $0.61.  I had the stock called away from me on 8/22.  However, I still earned the $0.52 dividend.  My net gain on the trade will be 1.68% with a 26 day holding period.

That’s it for my closed positions.  However, I also opened some new positions this month as well.  I currently have open positions in KMI, MCD, TROW, and VALE.  All but VALE are on my long-term hold list.  With KMI I already have a small position that I’m hoping to expand by having sold the SEP $37.50 puts at $0.63.  I initiated a small position in MCD by just buying the stock outright.  I couldn’t find a decent covered call trade I liked to try to capture the dividend so I just bought it straight out.  With TROW I’ve been selling the $80 puts for a couple months now.  It goes ex-dividend on 9/10 so I’ll need to make a decision on it in the next week or so.  Last up is my brand new trade that I just entered today in VALE.  On the Yahoo message board I frequent they’ve been talking about VALE for quite some time.  It’s not on my list of tracking stocks but after hearing about all of the successful trades everyone was making in it I decided to give it a try.  Today I sold 10 VALE SEP $12.50 puts at $0.15.  We’ll see how everything turns out in about 3 weeks.  My plan is if assigned at $12.50 is to sell covered calls and try to capture the large, semi-annual dividend of $0.4075 dividend in October.  If the puts stay OTM I may go ahead and do a separate buy/write trade later in the month to try to capture the dividend.

Well that’s it for another month.  Happy trading.

 

Best Regards,

Troy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 2014 – Results

Posted by mounddweller on June 1, 2014

Fellow Traders,

My results in May were kind of a mixed bag.  I had some trades that worked well and others that didn’t.  The frequency of my trading was impacted by several factors:

(1) responsibilities at my day job increased and so I have less time to follow my trades during the day,

(2) my personal life has also become more hectic, and

(3) the seemingly irrational movement down in volatility means premiums are very low and thus the risk/reward ratio does not seem favorable to me.

With that as a back-drop let’s look at the results of the trades I did make this month.  First, let’s look at the closed trades.

(1) Coca Cola (KO) – I am building a long-term position in KO.  While accumulating shares using dividend reinvestment I also want to be opportunistic in selling CCs against my existing shares and selling NPs until assigned to acquire additional shares.  On 4/16 I sold MAY $40 calls at $0.82 believing that KO had peaked and was destined to head back down for a short period of time.  Unfortunately, this was not the case and so on 5/14 I had to buy back my MAY $40 calls at $1.14 to avoid having them called away.  This resulted in a loss on the trade.  I am planning on re-entering the trade again when it appears KO has peaked and is ripe for a short-term fall.

(2) Kinder Morgan (KMI) – Like KO, I want to build a long-term position in KMI.  I feel KMI is a bargain at current price levels.  Consequently, for the past several months each time KMI approaches $32.50 I sell puts at this strike price.  On  4/25 I sold MAY $32.50 puts at $0.50.  These puts expired OTM on 5/14.  Thus, net of commissions my ROIC was 1.45% with a holding period of 22 days.

(3) Family Dollar (FDO) – I have made a couple of trades in FDO in the past 3 months.  Both were profitable.  My latest trade was initiated on 3/21 when I sold the APR $57.50 puts for $0.96.  As many of you are aware FDO has been volatile these past several months due to lackluster performance and rumors of them being bought.  Consequently, I had to roll my position down and out to the MAY $55 puts.  These MAY $55 puts expired OTM on 5/17.  My ROIC on this trade in FDO, net of commissions, was 1.38% with a holding period of 57 days.

(4) Franklin-Templeton (BEN) – Like FDO, I have made a couple of trades in BEN these past few months.  Both were profitable.  My latest trade was initiated on 4/7 when I sold the MAY $50 puts at $0.70.  These puts were never in danger of becoming ITM and expired OTM on 5/17.  Net of commissions, my ROIC was 1.32% over a holding period of 40 days.

(5) Lowe’s (LOW) – I initiated my trade in LOW back on 4/7, selling the MAY $46 puts at $0.75.  On 5/6 I had to buy back the MAY $46 puts and ended up selling a higher quantity of JUN $44 for a net credit.  On 5/23 I was able to buy back the JUN $44 puts for $0.19, thus closing out the trade early.  My ROIC, net of commissions, was 1.99% with a holding period of 46 days.

(6) Procter & Gamble (PG) – This was my very first Bollinger Band (BB) strategy trade.  The basic premise of the strategy is to buy stock and/or sell NPs as a stock is bouncing off it’s lower BB.  PG seemed like the perfect set-up and a low risk trade for my first attempt at mastering this strategy.  PG hit and bounced off it’s lower BB on 5/21.  On 5/22 I bought shares of PG at $80.20.  Looking at the chart I believed PG would be able to make it back up to the middle of the BBs (essentially the 20-day MA).  Alas, this was not the case.  The stock’s rise stalled out before even hitting $81.  Not wanting to risk large losses I sold my shares as soon as it became apparent to me that the trade wasn’t going to work out.  On 5/27 I sold my shares in PG at $80.27.  Net of commissions I lost about $10 on the trade.

(7) Exelon (EXC) – Yes, believe it or not I am out of EXC with a profit!  Long time readers of my blog will know that I’ve been working my way out of this position for a very long time.  This trade actually started in APR 2010 by selling puts at the $42.50 strike.  A lot has happened since then.  I’ve collected four years of dividends, sold CCs and NPs numerous time and have had stock put to me and called away at least once each.  Through all of this I was able to reduce my net cost.  Finally last month, prior to EXC going ex-dividend, I sold CCs at the $35 and $36 strikes.  A portion of my shares were called away from me at $35 by someone wanting to capture the dividend.  The $36 CCs expired OTM.  I will be receiving the dividend on these shares.  It should hit my account later this month.  Then, this past week, I sold all of my remaining shares at $36.10.  The final result will be a ROIC of around 12% but the holding period is just over 4 years so the annualized return while beating US Treasuries is nothing to brag about.  What I will brag about though is that I refused to give in and exit the position at a loss.  By selling NPs and CCs when the opportunity presented itself and collecting the dividends over time I was able to successfully exit the trade.

(8) Microsoft (MSFT) – On 5/6 with MSFT at $39.06, I sold the 30MAY $38 puts at $40.  This past Friday those puts expired OTM.  My ROIC was 0.98% with a 24-day holding period.

Now let’s look at the new trades I opened this month.

(1) Back on 5/12 I expanded my long position in $VIX JUL $14 calls.  I bought 2 more calls at $1.95.  Thus far this trade isn’t looking very good.  The market continues to defy gravity by going higher while driving the VIX lower and lower.  The long expected summer slump has yet to occur.

(2) Lastly, I sold more puts on EXC.  I know, I’m stupid.  I can just hear you saying, didn’t you just get yourself out of a long-term losing trade in EXC.  Yes, I did.  However, in this case the market is moving in my direction.  When I originally opened my trade in EXC back in 2010, I thought the stock was bottoming out.  Alas, it continued to fall much further than I thought possible.  This time, I waited until I was sure the market was moving in my favor.  Back on 5/20 I sold the JUN $33 puts at $0.35.  EXC was trading at $34.04.  Friday, it closed at $36.83.  Thus, I should be able to buy to close my puts for pennies on the dollar in the coming week.

Well, that’s it for this month.  As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I have slowed the pace of my trading substantially.  Put premiums are extremely low right now.  I’m keeping my ‘powder dry’ until things pick back up again.

Best of luck to all my trading friends in the coming month!

Regards,

Troy

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April 2014 Results

Posted by mounddweller on May 4, 2014

Fellow Traders,

My reportable results for April are kind of sparse.  I only closed 3 positions, netting a whopping $337.95.  The total capital employed in these trades was $35,750 with an average holding period of 62 days.  Needless to say the ROIC was anemic and well below my desired annualized return of 15%.  I closed trades in KMI, NKE, and TGT.

During the month of April I opened several new trades, all but one of which were on stocks that I’ve traded before.  I sold naked puts on four stocks BEN, FDO, KMI, and LOW.  Details are provided below:

(1)  BEN – STO 2 MAY $50 Puts at $0.70

(2) FDO – STO 3 MAY $55 Puts at $0.80 (after BTC 2 APR $57.50 puts at a small profit)

(3) KMI – STO 3 MAY $32.50 Puts at $0.50 (after my APR $32.50 puts expired OTM)

(4) LOW – STO 2 MAY $46 Puts at $0.75 (new trade, have never traded LOW before, hence modest amount of capital placed at risk)

I also opened covered call trades on EXC, INTC, and KO.  Long time readers will recall my long-held position and saga in EXC.  Barring a collapse in the market it appears I may finally be able to exit my position in EXC not only with all my capital in hand but with a small profit as well.  I also sold covered calls against my long-term holdings in INTC and KO.  This was done with the expectation that the market is entering a period of near-term weakness and that INTC and KO will drift lower with the market.  To date that has not been the case, however, with INTC I have until August to be proven correct and in the case of KO I am prepared to roll out my MAY calls as needed to prevent the shares from being called away from me.  Here are the specifics of the covered call trades I placed in April:

(1) EXC – STO 3 MAY $36 Calls at $0.50

(2) EXC – STO 2 MAY $35 Calls at $1.00

(3) INTC – STO 1 AUG $26 Call at $1.45

(4) INTC – STO 2 JUL $27 Call at $0.80

(5) KO – STO 2 MAY $40 Calls at $0.82

With both INTC and KO I purposely did not sell calls against all of my shares.  Doing so allows me room to generate additional income and exit the trade profitably without risking the loss of my shares due to assignment.

Last, but not least, I executed a trade on the $VIX calls.  I am following a strategy I learned from my good friend and fellow online trader, Teddi Knight at http://www.fullyinformed.com/.

(1) $VIX – BTO 3 JUL $14 Calls at $2.70

I may expand the size of this position if the VIX continues to drift lower and gets to the lower Bollinger Band.  However, depending on the timing I may make future trades against the AUG calls.  The plan is to sell these calls when the $VIX jumps and then begins to fall back.

Well, that’s it for this month.  I have been very selective in my trading of late because I am finding it harder and harder to find trades with a good risk/reward profile.  I think we may have a bumpy summer period and that may open up a lot of trading opportunities.

Regards,

Troy

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March 2014 Results

Posted by mounddweller on April 3, 2014

Fellow Traders,

Better late than never I always say.  Other responsibilities have kept me from compiling and communicating the results of my trading during the month of March.

In March I closed out 6 trades with a net profit of $1,084.20.  The 6 trades required $72,835 in capital which means my ROIC was 1.488%.  The average holding period was 42 days.

I closed out NP trades in 5 stocks and 1 CC.  The NPs were:

(1) BEN MAR $50 puts expired OTM,

(2) KO MAR $37 puts expired OTM,

(3) WMT MAR $7.50 puts expired OTM,

(4) FDO MAR $60 puts expired OTM, and

(5) PG MAR $75 puts expired OTM.

My CC trade was in AT&T (T).  Back in January I had purchased 500 shares at $34.97 and sold CCs to capture the dividend.  The calls expired OTM and I received the dividend.  I then sold another round of calls and also sold puts at $33 and $32.  I closed the position last week after both my puts and calls expired OTM by selling my stock at $34.86.  All in all, it turned out to be a good trade.

I also have a few trades that rolled over into April.  I rolled my KMI $32.50 puts out from MAR into APR.  I also have pen NP trades in CSCO and TGT.  I am short the APR $21 and $57.50 puts respectively.

My only new trades in MAR that remain open are FDO APR $57.50 puts and my most recent trade which occurred back on 3/27 where I STO NKE APR $72.50 puts at $0.75.

With just over two weeks left before APR expiration I am keeping an eye on a couple possible trades:

(1) STO ABT APR $37 puts at $0.30 or better, and

(2) STO KO APR $37 puts.

 

Well, that’s it for the month of March.  Unless something big happens in the next couple of weeks it looks like I’m not going to have much to write about in April.

Best of luck to all my trading friends.

Regards,

Troy

 

 

 

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