Downstream Energy Buy Write Offers 11% Return Potential

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Delek US Holdings

(DK) has a decent 2.7% dividend yield, but it’s not the payout we are interested in with this options-selling trade. From the premium earned, and the capital gains potential, we have to possibility of earning 11% over the next 37 days.

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Delek US Holdings (DK) – Buy Write

Buy 100 DK

Sell to Open 1 October 21 $29.80 Call

Execute for Net Debit of $26.85 or lower

Brentwood, Tenn.-based Delek US Holdings (DK) is a downstream energy company with businesses that include petroleum refining, logistics, convenience stores, asphalt, and renewables. Revenue this year is expected to jump 72% to $18.3 billion, and earnings are expected come in at $8.47 per share, compared to a loss of $3.03 per share in 2021.

Delek in the U.S. owns refineries and retail distribution networks

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The next earnings report and the next ex-dividend date are both in November.

Here is the buy write: Buy 100 DK ($28.35 current price), and sell to open one contract of $29.80 October 21 calls. Execute the trade for a net debit of $26.85 or lower. The net debit is the maximum amount you are willing to pay for one share of stock and selling one call option against it.

DK Buy Write: Buy 100 DK, Sell to Open 1 $29.80 October 21 Call for $26.80 Net Debit


If DK closes above $29.80 at expiration on October 21, you would be compelled to sell at that price, and you’d earn $3.00 per share on $26.80 at risk, or 11.2%. On an annualized basis, that would be 110% for the 37-day holding period. If DK closes at or below $29.80 at expiration, you will still own the stock at a cost basis of $26.80 per share.

Options income for this trade: You earn $150 selling 1 DK October 21 $29.80 call contract. Click here for updated bid-ask and return characteristics.

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