The biotech sector has long been a sector where traders and investors chase big profits from these “aggressive growth” stocks.

Believe it or not, in the last several years the biotech sector has become a “safe haven” for income generation…if you know where to look.

In my Options Income Blueprint Service, we dipped back into this sector recently and found we can still generate meaningful weekly option cash from a drug company.

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  ( ) has long been a favorite income generating drug stock of mine, and I believe the company is the most most understood large cap on Wall Street and the most undervalued stock in the S&P 500.

Gilead boasts a net profit margin — a key metric for its industry — of nearly 43%, the highest of all its drug peers.

Recent headlines have hit the stock hard but despite the recent downturn, GILD has a bright future based on a new cancer treatment that recently received FDA approval.

There are both weekly and monthly call options on Gilead and they have fat premiums compared to many other stocks. The typical weekly call, sold at the strike price one dollar above the current share price can yield half a percent a week. That is the equivalent of a 25% percent a year income payout.

So last month, we sold a GILD weekly put option for $330 and bought it back 5 days later for $138 … resulting in a net cash profit of $192 with the 3 contracts we sold …a 1.4% return in one week or 73% return annualized. Not bad for a so-called “risky biotech.”

Gilead is not the only biotech to pump out weekly cash income. Stocks like   ( ),   ( ) and even a biotech exchange traded fund like the   ( ) can reward investors with rich weekly option premiums.

The next time you go looking for income from selling weekly options, don’t over look the “biotechs.”


About The Author

Michael Shulman is a 30 Year Veteran of the financial markets – as a trader, a financial analyst, a financial writer and most recently as an educator.

Mr. Shulman made his first option trade in 1985 – COMPAQ Computer calls – a position that expired worthless. His second trade broke even; the third brought him a year’s salary, a near twenty to one return on his investment. He has never looked back. He entered the financial publishing business formally in 2001 as director of research for ChangeWave Research’s institutional research business and as the writer and editor of Hedge Fund Investing.

He has published two books – Sell Short and Made in America – both of which can be found on Amazon.com, and he is a frequent contributor to reputable financial sites like Seeking Alpha, MSN, MainStreetInvestor, and Traders Reserve.

Most importantly, since 2010, he has dedicated himself to teaching income investors how to get more income from their portfolios using simple yet safe options selling strategies which produce income every week. This approach was developed from the ground up in Mr. Shulman’s own accounts, his goal to develop a strategy that cannot be replicated by institutional investors of any size and therefore independent of fads and trends that change too often to provide a consistent approach for individual traders.

His trade recommendations in his Options Income Blueprint, Perpetual Income Portfolio Club and Income Masters services maintain a 98% success ratio, meaning his trades produce the expected income 98% of the time. No one’s perfect.

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