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Jun 1, 2012 
Selling Covered Calls In May Was A Good Call

On May 7 we published a blog article suggesting you sell in-the-money covered calls for the month or for the summer. This was based on the historically weak summer months for the S&P 500, as seen in this chart showing median returns by month for the last 25 years:

sell covered calls in May and go away

Given last month's performance, the in-the-money strategy was the right call. Despite the drop in May, all 6 suggested trades (AAPL, CRM, LNKD, CRUS, GOOG, VHC) with expiration dates of Aug 18 or Sep 22 are still in-the-money, and will yield annualized returns of 15.9% to 24.8% if they stay in-the-money. To read the full article, please see Sell (Covered Calls) In May An Go Away.

More Apple Income

Many people make a living off of writing covered calls on AAPL. The at-the-money weekly options often pay annualized returns of 80% or more. Of course, writing at-the-money options increases risk should the underlying drop by more than the option premium received, as AAPL did for many people in May.

The solution is to reduce your return expections and write in-the-money or deep-in-the-money options instead of at-the-money. In the last several weeks we've completed 3 cycles with this strategy:

  1. May 8: all 3 strikes called away for annualized returns of 25% to 53% over 5 days.
  2. May 14: all 3 strikes not called, but then on May 21 were re-written at the same strike and then succcessfully called on May 25 for annualized returns of 52% to 79% over 12 days.
  3. May 29: all 3 strikes called away for annualized returns of 21% to 51% over 4 days.

You can read about the trades in May 8, May 21, and May 29 blog entries.

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MSFT And 3 Other Covered Calls For Jun 16 Expiration

With 2 weeks to go until the June options expire, the top 4 covered calls Born To Sell members have written are (in order of popularity):


(Note: Born To Sell members have access to the full Top 10 Covered Call list, as well as having this list update real-time as members change positions. These are not recommendations, they are merely a reflection of our members' current positions.)

INTC And Other Covered Call Watchlist Stocks

Currently, the top 8 stocks Born To Sell members are using for their Watchlist are (in order of popularity):


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