We are adding the following recommendations to our September recommended list.
We are recommending credit spreads in the following issues:
CHTT - Chattem, Inc. is a leading marketer and manufacturer of a variety of branded consumer products, including over-the-counter health care and toiletries and skin care products. The company's high quality branded products target niche market segments and are among the market leaders in their respective categories. Through creative and cost effective marketing techniques, these brands on a national level across all major distribution channels, including food, drug and mass merchandisers.
STJ - St. Jude Medical, Inc. is dedicated to making life better for cardiac, neurological and chronic pain patients worldwide through excellence in medical device technology and services. The Company has five major focus areas that include cardiac rhythm management, atrial fibrillation, cardiac surgery, cardiology and neuromodulation.
APOL - Apollo Group, Inc. has been providing higher education to working adults for over 25 years. They operate through their subsidiaries, the University of Phoenix, Inc., the Institute for Professional Development, the College for Financial Planning Institutes Corporation, Western International University, Inc., and Apollo Learning Group, Inc.
BHP - BHP Billiton is a leader in the global natural resources industry. The Group has high-value and industry-leading positions in aluminium, metallurgical coal, thermal coal, copper, ferro-alloys, iron ore and titanium minerals and also has substantial interests in oil, gas, nickel, diamonds and silver.
FCX - Freeport-McMoRan is engaged in mineral exploration and development, mining and milling of copper, gold, and silver in Indonesia, and the smelting and refining of copper concentrates in Spain and Indonesia. They are the world's lowest-cost copper producer and one of the world's largest producers of copper and gold. FCX's operations are conducted through its subsidiaries, P.T. Freeport Indonesia (PT-FI), P.T. IRJA Eastern Minerals Corporation (Eastern Mining) and through Atlantic Copper, S.A. (Atlantic).
WLT - Walter Energy, based in Tampa, Fla., formerly Walter Industries, Inc., is a leading U.S. producer and exporter of premium metallurgical coal for the global steel industry and also produces steam coal and industrial coal, metallurgical coke and coal bed methane gas. It also produces steam coal and industrial coal, metallurgical coke and coal bed methane gas. The Company, through its operating segments, offers products and services, including coal and natural gas, metallurgical coke, mortgage financing and home construction. Its segments include Natural Resources, Sloss, Financing, Homebuilding and Other. The Natural Resources segment consists primarily of Jim Walter Resources, Inc., Tuscaloosa Resources, Inc., Taft Coal Sales & Associates and United Land Corporation. The Financing segment includes Walter Mortgage Company, services non-conforming installment notes and loans that are secured by mortgages and liens. The Homebuilding segment includes Jim Walter Homes, Inc., which is an on-your-lot homebuilder.
We are recommending the following specific credit spreads.
Call credit spreads = bearish call spreads.
Put credit spreads = bullish put spreads.