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APC - $41.78 Anadarko Petroleum

After shooting to just over $50 on the news of the big discovery in the Gulf APC has returned to support at $42. I believe this is a good entry and once funds start returning to energy in October they will want to own Anadarko at these levels. Just in case funds don't rush back into energy I am adding an insurance put.

Insurance put:

Buy Jan $40 PUT APC-MH currently $2.35, set profit stop @ $35.00

Company info:

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko) is an oil and gas exploration and production company. Major areas of operations are located in the United States, primarily in Texas, Louisiana, the mid-continent region and the western states, Alaska and in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as in Canada and Algeria. Anadarko also has production in Venezuela and Qatar. It actively markets natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs) and owns and operates gas-gathering systems in its core producing areas. In addition, the Company engages in the hard minerals business through non-operated joint ventures and royalty arrangements in several coal, trona (natural soda ash) and industrial mineral mines located on lands within and adjacent to its Land Grant holdings. The Land Grant is an eight-million-acre strip running through portions of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah where the Company owns most of its fee mineral rights.

Breakdown target: $42.50 triggered 9/20

Position 2009 $50 LEAP Call OCP-AJ @ $6.90

DHI - $23.50 - DR Horton

Choosing a homebuilder was really tough. There are plenty to choose from and all price ranges. PE ratios ranged from 5 to 20 and all points in between. Some did not have LEAPS and some LEAPS were grossly expensive. Just picking a builder on the basis of PE is silly but it should always be a factor. Lower priced companies tend to be favored by funds and institutions. Possible choices I researched were RYL, TOL, CTX, KBH, PHM, DHI, BZH, HOV, LEN, MDC, MTH, BHS and the housing sector index, HGX, the homebuilder ETF, ITB, the Homebuilder SPDR XHB and the DJ R/E iShare IYR. Of those that had LEAPS only TOL, KBH and DHI fit my initial criteria. Toll Brothers at $27 with a PE of 20 had a reasonable $30 LEAP at $7.10 but strong resistance in the $35-$40 range. I own TOL LEAPS personally but that was before I found out that insiders had been dumping shares with Robert Toll unloading 585,000 in the last couple of months. Nobody had bought any shares since 1999. That soured me on recommending TOL despite their large land base.

I thought KBH at a PE of 15 had LEAPS that were expensive and although support at $40 is holding it could easily crack to $30. Since they just warned on Thursday and said they have an options problem I passed on them as well.

DHI at a PE of 5 had cheap LEAPS and was rebounding from strong support at $20. The company operates in 27 states and primarily entry level homes. This market will always be with us due to the formation of new families, immigrants and general population growth. Recent comments from the CEO avoided the doom and gloom of some other builder's comments. DHI has some of the highest margins (15-20%) in the industry and therefore should be able to weather the storm better. DHI calls themselves the largest builder in the US selling 58,000 homes a year.

DHI presented at the Bank of America Investment Conference on Sept-20th. Here is their webcast link: http://tinyurl.com/oyggu
Use the REAL player link and the slides will change automatically. I believe you will be impressed.

I am not adding an insurance put because of the strong support at $20 and the very positive outlook on the webcast above. They only experienced a drop in orders of -4% in Q3 when other builders were dropping -30%.


Company info:

D.R. Horton, Inc. (D.R. Horton) is a homebuilding company in the United States. The Company constructs and sells single-family homes through its operating divisions in 25 states and 74 metropolitan markets of the United States, under the name of D.R. Horton, America's Builder. The Company's homes range in size from 1,000 to 5,000 square feet. Through its financial services operations, D.R. Horton provides mortgage banking and title agency services to homebuyers in its homebuilding markets. DHI Mortgage, the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, provides mortgage financing services to purchasers of homes the Company builds and sells. D.R. Horton's subsidiary title companies serve as title insurance agents by providing title insurance policies, examination and closing services to purchasers of homes the Company builds and sells.

Buy 2009 $25 LEAP Call VEI-AE currently $5.10

Entry $23.50 (9/24)

 

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