CI Dividend Type Payments

CIGNA dividend

Although CI has no upcoming (meaning, Board-approved and announced) dividends, you can sell covered calls on CIGNA to create 12 extra dividend type payments per year to boost its yield. Let's look at some recent prices (last updated Mon 4:16 PM ET):

CIGNA (CI)
Bid Ask Last Change Volume P/E Market Cap
178.08 188.69 187.89 -0.45 2.0M 18 46B

CI Dividend-Like Income Using Covered Calls

With CI at 187.89, here's a table showing how big the annual "dividend" (ie. total annual call premium received) would need to be to attain 3%, 5%, and 10% annual yields. Also shown is the equivalent number of cents/day necessary to achieve each yield:

Annual Yield Annual Premium Cents/Day
3% 5.64 1.5
5% 9.39 2.6
10% 18.79 5.1

So now we need to find out of the money covered calls that pay at least the prescribed cents/day amount of time premium. That will generate income and, because they are out of the money, leave room for some upside potential on the stock. Here are some examples:

3% Yield On CI Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Aug 24 195.00 0.08 5 1.6 6.31 (3.4%)
Aug 31 195.00 0.36 12 3.0 6.31 (3.4%)
5% Yield On CI Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Aug 24 192.50 0.31 5 6.2 3.81 (2.0%)
Aug 31 195.00 0.36 12 3.0 6.31 (3.4%)
10% Yield On CI Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Aug 24 192.50 0.31 5 6.2 3.81 (2.0%)
Aug 31 192.50 0.80 12 6.7 3.81 (2.0%)

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