MCO Dividend

MOODY'S dividend

Although MCO has a dividend of 0.44 with an ex-dividend date of Aug 17, you can sell covered calls on MOODY'S to create 12 extra dividend type payments per year to boost its yield. Let's look at some recent prices (last updated Wed 4:16 PM ET):

MOODY'S (MCO)
Bid Ask Last Change Volume P/E Market Cap
166.76 177.44 169.47 -1.45 555K 30 33B

MCO Dividend-Like Income Using Covered Calls

With MCO at 169.47, 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% 5.08 1.4
5% 8.47 2.3
10% 16.95 4.6

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 MCO Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Sep 21 180.00 0.58 38 1.5 2.56 (1.5%)
Nov 16 185.00 1.47 94 1.6 7.56 (4.5%)
5% Yield On MCO Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Nov 16 180.00 2.55 94 2.7 2.56 (1.5%)
Feb 15 180.00 5.50 185 3.0 2.56 (1.5%)

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