NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Buy-and-hold investors have crushed it with Intel (INTC - Get Report). Granted, if you bought during the dot-com bubble during 2000, your portfolio may still be upside down, but maybe not depending on your use of option hedging and dividend reinvestment strategies.
Investors from $28+ in 2012 are enjoying a fat and rising dividend while waiting for capital gains. For investors considering adding more shares or entering a new position, right now is an exciting time.
The earnings release is this week, and you can exploit elevated option premium to enhance your entry while at the same time lowering your risk.
First, let's look at what we are expecting with earnings, then the competitive landscape and finally, ideas on maximizing your edge.INTC data by YCharts
Background: Intel designs, manufactures and sells integrated digital technology platforms primarily in the Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and Japan. 52-Week Range: $19.23 to $29.27 Price to Book: 2.2 Intel is forecast to record lower fourth-quarter earnings after the market closes on Jan. 17. The consensus estimate is currently 45 cents a share, a drop of 19 cents (29.7%) from 64 cents during the equivalent quarter last year. Estimates from analysts range from a low of 36 cents per share, up to the highest estimate of 50 cents per share. Expected revenue and earnings pressure is the primary catalyst causing the share price to fall out of bed during in the second half of 2012. TheStreet'sRobert Weinstein writes about Intel in