Today, a covered calls position was established in Blackstone Group LP (ticker symbol BX) with a Dec2016 expiration. Given the Covered Calls Advisor's current Slightly Bearish overall market outlook, an in-the-money covered calls position was established with the strike price of $23.00 below the stock purchase price of $23.59.
As detailed below, the potential returns are:
Blackstone Group LP: +2.3% absolute
return in 39 days (equivalent to a +21.2% annualized
Note: This potential result exceeds the Covered Calls Advisor's desired threshold of >20% annualized return-on-investment.
The transactions and a potential return-on-investment result is as follows:
1. Blackstone Group LP (BX) -- New Covered Calls Position
The transactions were as follows:
11/08/2016 Bought 1,000 Blackstone shares @ $23.59
11/08/2016 Sold 10 BX Dec2016 $23.00 Call options @ $1.14
Note: this was a simultaneous buy/write transaction.
A possible overall performance result (including commissions) would be as follows:
Bought 1,000 shares BX: $23,597.95
= $23.59*1,000 + $7.95 commission
(a) Options Income: +$1,132.50
= ($1.14*1,000 shares) - $7.50 commissions
(b) Dividend Income: +$0.00
(c) Capital Appreciation (If BX is above $23.00 strike price at Dec2016 expiration): -$597.95
= ($23.00-$23.59)*1,000 shares - $7.95 commissions
Total Net Profit (If BX is above $23.00 strike price at Dec2016 options expiration): +$534.55
= (+$1,132.50 options income +$0.00 dividends -$597.95 capital appreciation)
Absolute Return (If BX remains above $23.00 strike price at Dec2016 options expiration): +2.3%
Annualized Return: +21.2%
= (+$534.55/$23,597.95)*(365/39 days)
The downside 'breakeven price' at expiration is at $22.45 ($23.59 - $1.14), which is 4.8% below the current market price of $23.59.
Using the Black-Scholes Options Pricing Model in the Schwab
Hypothetical Options Pricing Calculator, the probability of
making a profit (if held until the Dec 16th, 2016 options expiration) for
this Blackstone Group covered calls position is 59%. This compares with a
profit of 50.2% for a buy-and-hold of Blackstone stock over the same
Using this probability of profit of 59%, the Expected Value annualized
ROI of this investment (if held until expiration) is +12.5% (+21.2% *
The 'crossover price' at expiration is $24.73 ($23.59 + $1.14). This is the price above which it would have been more profitable to simply buy-and-hold Blackstone stock until Dec 16th (the Dec2016 options expiration date) rather than establishing this covered calls position.