FDN Dividend Type Payments

Although FDN has no upcoming (meaning, Board-approved and announced) dividends, you can sell covered calls on FIRST TRUST DJ INTERNET 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):

FIRST TRUST DJ INTERNET (FDN)
Bid Ask Last Change Volume P/E Market Cap
125.72 127.15 127.02 -0.96 1.5M - 88B

FDN Dividend-Like Income Using Covered Calls

With FDN at 127.02, 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% 3.81 1.0
5% 6.35 1.7
10% 12.70 3.5

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 FDN Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Oct 19 133.00 0.10 5 2.0 5.85 (4.6%)
Nov 16 140.00 0.35 33 1.1 12.85 (10.1%)
5% Yield On FDN Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Oct 19 133.00 0.10 5 2.0 5.85 (4.6%)
Nov 16 137.00 0.75 33 2.3 9.85 (7.8%)
10% Yield On FDN Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Oct 19 132.00 0.20 5 4.0 4.85 (3.8%)
Nov 16 135.00 1.15 33 3.5 7.85 (6.2%)

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