Interesting June Stock Options For WMT
Selling a put does not give an investor access to WMT'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 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. sees its shares fall 5.7% and the contract is exercised (resulting in a cost basis of $69.16 per share before broker commissions, subtracting the 84 cents from $70), the only upside to the put seller is from collecting that premium for the 4.2% annualized rate of return.
Worth considering, is that the annualized 4.2% figure actually exceeds the 2.6% annualized dividend paid by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. by 1.6%, based on the current share price of $74.20. 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 lose 5.69% to reach the $70 strike price.