The Covered Calls page allows you to view these options for the nearest expiration date. Barchart Premier subscribers can view other expiration dates (select the expiration month/year using the drop-down menu at the top of the page). Weekly expiration dates are labeled with a (w) in the expiration date list.
Options information is delayed a minimum of 15 minutes, and is updated at least once every 15-minutes through-out the day. The strategy is updated every 20 minutes thereafter throughout the day with new option candidates. The screener displays probability calculations based on the delayed stock price at the time the strategy is updated.
About Covered Calls
Selling covered calls is an investment strategy that can be used to generate additional income from the stock positions you already own. Over 75% of options are held until expiration and expire worthless.
Using a covered call strategy, you can sell options on the stocks you own (providing downside protection on the stock), and earn the premium income if the option expires worthless. You earn a premium (income) from writing the call, and still have all the benefits of owning the stock (dividends), provided the call is not exercised before it expires.
- You own (are long) at least 100 shares of a stock.
- You sell (short) a call option against that stock (1 option controls 100 shares).
Thus, 1 Covered Call = long 100 shares of a stock + short 1 call option.
The aggregate operation is typically known as covered call writing.
It is called “covered” because should the option be exercised you own the stock required to fulfill the delivery obligation for the 100 shares, as opposed to selling a naked call, where you don't own the underlying stock, which represents an unlimited liability for the seller. When writing covered calls you are protected against unlimited losses in the event that the strike price dips below the market price of the underlying asset. A similar strategy to writing a covered call is to sell a naked put.
Covered Calls Strategy: The page is initially sorted by descending "Potential Return". Data fields displayed include:
- Strike - the price at which the underlying security can be bought if the option is exercised.
- Price - the delayed stock price at the time the strategy is updated for the underlying equity.
- Moneyness - the percent from the last price: (strike price - last / last). Moneyness refers to the relative position of the underlying asset's last price to the strike price. When a call option's Moneyness is negative, the underlying last price is less than the strike price; when positive, the underlying last price is greater than the strike price.
- Bid - the premium to purchase this call option.
- Net Debit - the cost to enter this covered call, or the Break Even point for the call on expiration date. Net Debit (Break Even) is calculated as (Stock Price - Bid). If the stock price is HIGHER than the call's Net Debit on expiration, the call will make a profit.
- Break Even% - The return of the position if the price of the underlying stock remained unchanged at the expiration of the options contract (excluding dividends). Break Even% is calculated as ( (bid / (stock price - bid)) * 100.0 ).
- Volume - the total number of options traded in the current day for a contract.
- Open Interest - the total number of open option contracts in the market for a particular contract. The more popular the contract is with options traders, the greater the Open Interest. An opening transaction will increase the Open Interest, and a closing transaction will decrease it.
- Delta - Delta measures the amount an option price will change as a result of a $1.00 price change of the underlying security. Since call options rise and fall directly with the price of the stock, they are assigned deltas between 0 to -1.
- Implied Volatility - Implied Volatility (IV) is the estimated volatility of the underlying stock over the period of the option. IV can help traders determine if options are fairly valued, undervalued, or overvalued. It can therefore help traders make decisions about option pricing, and whether it is a good time to buy or sell options. Implied volatility is determined mathematically by using current option prices in a formula that also includes Standard Volatility (which is based on historical data). The resulting number helps traders determine whether the premium of an option is "fair" or not. It is also a measure of investors' predictions about future volatility of the underlying stock.
- Potential Return if Flat - the potential return for this strategy, assuming the options are assigned or called. For a covered call, Potential Return is calculated using Time Premium, your profit (income) per share between now and option expiration.
- Time Premium = (Strike + Call Bid - Stock Last Price)
- Calculate Net Debit: (Stock Last Price - Call Bid)
- Potential Return = Time Premium / Net Debit
- Annualized Potential Return - the annualized percentage of potential return for this covered call assuming the options are assigned or called. It is calculated as (Potential Return / Days Held) * 365 where Days Held is the number of days remaining until expiration.
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