Shareholders of La-Z-Boy Inc. (LZB) looking to boost their income beyond the stock's 1.2% annualized dividend yield can sell the July covered call at the $30 strike and collect the premium based on the 70 cents bid, which annualizes to an additional 9.9% rate of return against the current stock price (at Stock Options Channel we call this the YieldBoost), for a total of 11.1% annualized rate in the scenario where the stock is not called away. Any upside above $30 would be lost if the stock rises there and is called away, but LZB shares would have to climb 8.5% from current levels for that to occur, meaning that in the scenario where the stock is called, the shareholder has earned a 11% return from this trading level, in addition to any dividends collected before the stock was called.

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In general, dividend amounts are not always predictable and tend to follow the ups and downs of profitability at each company. In the case of La-Z-Boy Inc., looking at the dividend history chart for LZB below can help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue, and in turn whether it is a reasonable expectation to expect a 1.2% annualized dividend yield.

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Below is a chart showing LZB's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $30 strike highlighted in red:

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The chart above, and the stock's historical volatility, can be a helpful guide in combination with fundamental analysis to judge whether selling the July covered call at the $30 strike gives good reward for the risk of having given away the upside beyond $30. ( Do most options expire worthless? This and six other common options myths debunked). We calculate the trailing twelve month volatility for La-Z-Boy Inc. (considering the last 251 trading day closing values as well as today's price of $27.68) to be 30%. For other call options contract ideas at the various different available expirations, visit the LZB Stock Options page of StockOptionsChannel.com.

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