We are adding the following to our April recommended list.
Premiums continue to be low, as evidenced by action and pricing of the VIX index,
but we still need to take advantage of the extra week before the March series comes
off the board to gain any minor premium advantage that we might have, if any.
We are recommending credit spreads in the following issues.
ADBE - Adobe Systems Incorporated operates as a diversified software company in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. It offers a line of creative, business, Web, and mobile software and services used by creative professionals, knowledge workers, consumers, original equipment manufacturers, developers, and enterprises.
IGT - International Game Technology (IGT) designs, manufactures, and markets electronic gaming equipment and systems products worldwide. The company offers casino-style slot machines that determine the game play outcome at the machine; wide area progressive jackpot systems with linked machines across various casinos; central determination system machines connected to a central server that determines the game outcome, encompassing video lottery terminals used primarily in government-sponsored applications and electronic or video bingo machines; amusement with prize games; and pachisuro machines.
MCO - MoodyÂ’s Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides credit ratings and related research, data, and analytical tools; risk management software; and quantitative credit risk measures, credit portfolio management solutions, and training services in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates in two segments, MIS and MA. The MIS segment publishes credit ratings on a range of debt obligations, including various corporate and governmental obligations, structured finance securities, and commercial paper programs, as well as the entities that issue such obligations in markets worldwide.
MON - Monsanto Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides agricultural products for farmers in the United States and internationally. It has two segments, Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. The Seeds and Genomics segment produces corn, soybeans, canola, and cotton seeds, as well as vegetable and fruit seeds, including tomato, pepper, eggplant, melon, cucumber, pumpkin, squash, beans, broccoli, onions, and lettuce. This segment also develops biotechnology traits that assist farmers in controlling insects and weeds, as well as provide genetic material and biotechnology traits to other seed companies.
NEM - Newmont Mining Corporation , together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and production of gold and copper properties. Its assets or operations are located in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia, Ghana, Canada, New Zealand, and Mexico. As of December 31, 2009, Newmont had proven and probable gold reserves of approximately 91.8 million equity ounces and an aggregate land position of approximately 33,400 square miles.
We are recommending the following specific credit spreads.
call credit spreads = bearish call spreads.