We are adding 3 credit spreads to our November recommended list.
With the Feds continuation of its "easy" money policy and the elections
which are sure to bring at least a numerical change, if not a total change, more likely to the "right" I believe any selling will be met at support levels and bargain hunters.
However, I want to be able to stand any sell down, with in reason, so I
will be using strike prices that are only 2 points apart when possible and
letting the maximum loss be establish by the those strikes less the premiums received.
With that in mind, we are recommending credit spreads in the following issues.
AMGN - Amgen Inc., a biotechnology medicines company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers human therapeutics based on advances in cellular and molecular biology primarily in the United States, Europe, and Canada. The company markets primarily recombinant protein therapeutics in supportive cancer care, nephrology, and inflammation. Its principal products include Aranesp and EPOGEN erythropoietic-stimulating agents that stimulate the production of red blood cells; Neulasta and NEUPOGEN, which selectively stimulate the production of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that helps the body fight infections; and Enbrel, an inhibitor of tumor necrosis factor that plays a role in the bodyÂ’s response to inflammatory diseases. The company also markets other products, including Sensipar/Mimpara, a small molecule calcimimetic that lowers serum calcium levels; Vectibix, a human monoclonal antibody that binds specifically to the epidermal growth factor receptor; and Nplate, a thrombopoietin (TPO) receptor agonist that mimics endogenous TPO, the primary driver of platelet production.
COST - Costco Wholesale Corporation operates membership warehouses that offer a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories in no-frills, self-service warehouse facilities. The companyÂ’s product categories include candy, snack foods, tobacco, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and cleaning and institutional supplies; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, office supplies, garden and patio, sporting goods, furniture, and automotive supplies; dry and institutionally packaged foods; apparel, domestics, jewelry, housewares, media, home furnishings, cameras, and small appliances; meat, bakery, deli, and produce; and gas stations, pharmacy, food court, optical, one-hour photo, hearing aid, and travel. It offers Business and Gold Star (individual) memberships. As of October 8, 2009, the company operated a chain of 560 warehouses comprising 407 in 40 states and Puerto Rico, 77 in Canada, 21 in the United Kingdom, 7 in Korea, 6 in Taiwan, and 9 in Japan, as well as 32 warehouses in Mexico and 1 in Australia.
MOS - The Mosaic Company engages in the production and marketing of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the agriculture industry worldwide. The company produces phosphate crop nutrients for use in crop nutrients and feed phosphate for animal feed ingredients. It also produces and sells potash for use as fertilizers and animal feed ingredients, as well as in industrial applications. Potash is also used for de-icing and as a water softener regenerant. In addition, The Mosaic Company produces and/or markets phosphate-, potash-, and nitrogen-based crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients, as well as operates sales offices, crop nutrient blending and bagging facilities, port terminals, and warehouses. It sells its products primarily to wholesale distributors, retail chains, cooperatives, independent retailers, and national accounts. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota. The Mosaic Company is a subsidiary of Cargill, Incorporated.
CSX - CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services in North America. The company offers traditional rail service, and the transport of intermodal containers and trailers. It provides integrated intermodal transportation services linking customers to railroads, through trucks and terminals. CSX Corporation transports crushed stone, sand and gravel, metal, phosphate, fertilizer, food, consumer, agricultural, paper, and chemical products. In addition, it delivers coal, coke, and iron ore to electricity generating power plants, ocean, river, lake piers and terminals, steel makers, and industrial plants, as well as finished vehicles and auto parts. The company also engages in the real estate sale, leasing, acquisition, and management and development activities. As of December 25, 2009, it operated approximately 21,000 route mile rail network and 216,000 freight car fleet in 23 states east of the Mississippi River, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. CSX Corporation was founded in 1978 and is based in Jacksonville, Florida.
We are recommending the following specific credit spreads.
Call credit spreads = bearish call spreads.
Put credit spreads = bullish put spreads