Consistently, one of the more popular stocks people enter into their stock options watchlist at Stock Options Channel is Annaly Capital Management (NLY). So this week we highlight one interesting put contract, and one interesting call contract, from the March expiration for NLY. The put contract our YieldBoost algorithm identified as particularly interesting, is at the $10.50 strike, which has a bid at the time of this writing of 7 cents. Collecting that bid as the premium represents a 0.7% return against the $10.50 commitment, or a 22.1% annualized rate of return (at Stock Options Channel we call this the YieldBoost).
Selling a put does not give an investor access to NLY's upside potential the way owning shares would, because the put seller only ends up owning shares in the scenario where the contract is exercised. So unless Annaly Capital Management Inc sees its shares fall 2.9% and the contract is exercised (resulting in a cost basis of $10.43 per share before broker commissions, subtracting the 7 cents from $10.50), the only upside to the put seller is from collecting that premium for the 22.1% annualized rate of return.
Interestingly, that annualized 22.1% figure actually exceeds the 11.1% annualized dividend paid by Annaly Capital Management Inc by 11%, based on the current share price of $10.81. And yet, if an investor was to buy the stock at the going market price in order to collect the dividend, there is greater downside because the stock would have to fall 2.87% to reach the $10.50 strike price.