ECA Dividend

ENCANA dividend

Although ECA has a dividend of 0.02 with an ex-dividend date of Sep 13, you can sell covered calls on ENCANA to create 12 extra dividend type payments per year to boost its yield. Let's look at some recent prices (last updated Thu 4:16 PM ET):

ENCANA (ECA)
Bid Ask Last Change Volume P/E Market Cap
12.45 14.23 12.55 -0.10 6.6M 181 13B

ECA Dividend-Like Income Using Covered Calls

With ECA at 12.55, 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% 0.38 0.1
5% 0.63 0.2
10% 1.26 0.3

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 ECA Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Jan 18 16.00 0.20 156 0.1 1.77 (14.1%)
Jan 17 17.00 0.65 520 0.1 2.77 (22.1%)
5% Yield On ECA Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Jan 18 15.00 0.40 156 0.3 0.77 (6.1%)
Jan 17 15.00 1.35 520 0.3 0.77 (6.1%)

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