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Interesting September Stock Options for COST


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Consistently, one of the more popular stocks people enter into their stock options watchlist at Stock Options Channel is Costco Wholesale Corp (Symbol: COST). So this week we highlight one interesting put contract, and one interesting call contract, from the September expiration for COST. The put contract our YieldBoost algorithm identified as particularly interesting, is at the $165 strike, which has a bid at the time of this writing of $2.28. Collecting that bid as the premium represents a 1.4% return against the $165 commitment, or a 11% annualized rate of return (at Stock Options Channel we call this the YieldBoost ).

Selling a put does not give an investor access to COST'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 Costco Wholesale Corp sees its shares fall 2.3% and the contract is exercised (resulting in a cost basis of $162.72 per share before broker commissions, subtracting the $2.28 from $165), the only upside to the put seller is from collecting that premium for the 11%...