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Dykstra's Deep-in-the-Money Call: Sysco

The food company's January calls should feed traders' coffers.

In my April 21 column, I suggested buying the October $20 Frontier Oil (FTO) DITM calls. Readers that played by the rules and followed my advice should be cashing in their tickets this morning as this one turned into a winner when it traded at $9 on Wednesday. The Frontier trade stayed in play for just 15 days.

I hope to keep the momentum going with today's pick, which is


(SYY) - Get Sysco Corporation Report

. The company distributes food, including meats, fruits, vegetables, desserts, and fully prepared meals as well as canned and dry foods. It also supplied products such as disposable plates and cups and tableware. Sysco operates in one of the most basic of industries; the distribution of food and related products and services to restaurants, nursing homes, hospitals, hotels, motels, schools, colleges, cruise ships, sports parks and summer camps - wherever a meal is prepared away from home.

The company is impressive in many areas. Its profits have risen for seven quarters in a row. It is gaining market share and has had a consistent return on equity (ROE) of 25% or more for the last several years.

In its most recent earnings announcement at the end of April, the company beat Wall Street's expectations. Despite slow sales at its restaurants and rising food costs, the company showed net income of $240.9 million, or 40 cents a share. That's up from $221 million, or 35 cents a share in the year-ago period. Analysts, on average, were calling for 39 cents a share.

The stock is trading midway between its highest and lowest point in the last year. Yesterday it shed 44 cents, or 1.41% to close at $30.81. Its 52-week high is $35.90 and the low is $26.45

This is a solid pick that we can feel comfortable with. For that reason, I am placing a limit order to buy 10 January $25 calls (ZHKAE), paying $6.50 or better. Don't forget to place your GTC sell order $1.00 higher than the fill price so you can cash in on your $1,000 victory. In other words, if your order is filled at $6.50, you should immediately place a good-till-cancel (GTC) order to sell at $7.50. Cha-Ching!

Always remember: Life is a journey, enjoy the ride!

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: CAL operates in the wholesale food industry, and some of the other stocks in its field include

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. These stocks closed at $34.03, $31.53, $23.00 and $13.76 respectively. For more on the value of knowing what you own, visit's

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At the time of publication, Dykstra had no positions in stocks mentioned.

Nicknamed 'Nails' for his tough style of play, Lenny is a former Major League Baseball player for the 1986 World Champions, New York Mets and the 1993 National League Champions, Philadelphia Phillies. A three time All-Star as a ballplayer, Lenny now serves as president for several privately held businesses in Southern California. He is the founder of The Players Club; it has been his desire to give back to the sport that gave him early successes in life by teaching athletes how to invest and protect their incomes. He currently manages his own portfolio and writes an investment strategy column for, and is featured regularly on CNBC and other cable news shows. Lenny was selected as OverTime Magazine's 2006-2007 "Entrepreneur of the Year."