We are starting out our December recommendations with the following spreads.

We are recommending credit spreads in the following issues.

CAT - Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines worldwide. Its Machinery business engages in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sale of construction, mining, and forestry machinery, such as track and wheel tractors, track and wheel loaders, pipelayers, motor graders, wheel tractor-scrapers, track and wheel excavators, backhoe loaders, log skidders, log loaders, off-highway trucks, articulated trucks, paving products, skid steer loaders, underground mining equipment, tunnel boring equipment, and related parts. This business also involves in the design, manufacture, remanufacture, maintenance, and service of rail-related products, as well as offers logistics services. The companyÂ’s Engines business designs, manufactures, markets, and sells engines for electric power generation systems, locomotives, marine, petroleum, construction, industrial, agricultural, and other applications; and related parts.

CREE - Cree,Inc. develops and manufactures light emitting diode (LED) products, silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) material products, and power and radio frequency (RF) products. Its LED products include LED chips used in various applications, including video screens, gaming displays, function indicator lights, and automotive backlighting; LED components; and LED lighting products. The company’s SiC and GaN materials comprise SiC and GaN wafers, which are used in manufacturing LEDs, RF and microwave devices, and power devices, as well as in research and development. Its power and RF products include power switching devices made from SiC, including 600 and 1,200-volt Schottky diode products that are used in power factor correction circuits for power supplies in computer servers and other applications, such as solar inverters; and RF microwave devices made from SiC or GaN, which include 10-watt and 60-watt SiC transistors, and metal-semiconductor field effect transistor products, as well as GaN high electron mobility transistors and monolithic microwave integrated circuits for broadband amplifiers or for WiMAX applications.

PRU - Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The company operates through three divisions: The U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management, The U.S. Individual Life and Group Insurance, and The International Insurance and Investments. The U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management division offers individual variable and fixed annuity products, as well as provides retirement investment and income products and services to retirement plan sponsors in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. This division also provides investment management and advisory services to the public and private marketplace. The U.S. Individual Life and Group Insurance division provides individual variable life, term life, and universal life insurance products; and group life, long-term and short-term group disability, long-term care, and group corporate-owned and trust-owned life insurance products to institutional clients.

SLB - Schlumberger Limited and its subsidiaries supply technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to the oil and gas industry worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Oilfield Services and WesternGeco. The Oilfield Services segment provides a range of exploration and production services required during the life of an oil and gas reservoir. It offers Wireline technologies comprising open-hole and cased-hole services; directional-drilling, measurement-while-drilling, and logging-while-drilling services; exploration and production pressure and flow-rate measurement services at the surface and downhole; services used during oil and gas well drilling and completion; and services used to maintain optimal production throughout the life of a well.

We are recommending the following specific credit spreads.

Put credit spreads = Bullish put spreads.