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New Non-Energy Plays
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MOS - Mosaic

Over the last week Monsanto (MON) and Lindsay (LNN) both said the bloom had not left the agricultural sector. Both cited strong reasons why the ag boom would continue even if only at a slower pace. Charts of POT, MOS, CF and TNH suggest all three are trying to form a bottom. Potash fertilizer prices are expected to reach $767 per ton and sharply up from $600 a ton in 2007. Noted investor Jimmy Roberts said on CNBC on Friday that he was investing in the agricultural sector last week because demand for food had not slowed. Monsanto said last quarter sales rose +35% and it raised its guidance for the next four years. CEO Hugh Grant said, "I think people are going to continue to eat. Given the demand for food, feed and fuel - regardless of the trajectory of the curve - we are going to need more yield per acre." I believe MOS should be a core holding for the coming years.

Company Info:

The Mosaic Company (Mosaic) is a producer of phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the agricultural industry. The Company operates its business through three business segments: phosphates, potash and offshore. The Phosphates segment produce phosphate fertilizer and feed phosphate which are used in crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients, respectively. The principal inputs used in crop nutrients production are phosphate rock, sulfur and ammonia. The Potash segment mines ad processes potash in Canada and the United States and sells potash in North America and internationally. The Offshore segment produces and markets fertilizer products and provides other ancillary services to wholesalers, cooperatives, independent retailers, and farmers in South America and the Asia-Pacific regions. As of May 31, 2008, Cargill, Incorporated owned approximately 64.4% of the Companys interest. As of May 31, 2008, the Company had a 50% interest in Saskferco Products Inc.

Buy 2010 $50 LEAP Call LXW-AJ currently $12.80

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BAC $20.87 - Bank of America

BAC was hammered last week from $38.50 to $19. This drop came after BAC said it would increase loan losses in its small business lending, posted a -68% drop in Q3 profit, cut its dividend in half and agreed to buy Merrill Lynch. It has been a busy month for BAC.

Two days later BAC received an upgrade from Robert Baird & Co to outperform from neutral saying "the banks long term earnings power remains strong and the recent capital raise and dividend cut should mitigate the need for future capital raises." Ladenburg Thalmann's noted bank analyst Richard Bove retained his "Buy" rating on the stock because of their strong deposit base and focus on the current market. Bove said, "BAC is concentrating on what it can buy in today's market at distressed prices rather than focusing on near-term earnings issues." BAC received over $20 billion in new deposits in the third quarter.

Company Info:

Bank of America Corporation is a bank holding company. Through its banking subsidiaries (the Banks) and various non-banking subsidiaries throughout the United States and in selected international markets, Bank of America provides a diversified range of banking and non-banking financial services and products through three business segments: Global Consumer and Small Business Banking, Global Corporate and Investment Banking, and Global Wealth and Investment Management. The Company operates in 32 states, the District of Columbia and 30 foreign countries. In the United States, it serves 59 million consumer and small business relationships with 6,100 retail banking offices, 18,500 automated teller machines (ATMs) and 24 million active online users. It offers services in 13 states. In October 2007, it acquired ABN AMRO North America Holding Company. In July 2007, it acquired U.S. Trust Corporation. In July 2008, Bank of America acquired Countrywide Financial Corp.

Buy 2010 $25 LEAP Call WBA-AE currently $5.90


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New Watch List Plays Triggered
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NE - Noble

Noble fell off the cliff on 9/26 after reporting they would take a $10 million charge for hurricane damage in the gulf. They fell from $26 to $25 over the last two weeks. Other than that charge nothing has changed. Business is still booming, rig rates are going up and offshore drilling is increasing.

Earnings Oct 23rd

Company Info:

Noble Corporation (Noble) is engaged in contract drilling services worldwide. It performs contract drilling services with its fleet of 62 offshore drilling units located worldwide. This fleet consists of 13 semi-submersibles, three drillships, 43 jackups and three submersibles. The fleet count includes two F&G JU-2000E jackups and three deepwater dynamically positioned semisubmersibles under construction. As of December 31, 2007, approximately 85% of its fleet was deployed internationally. Its other operations include labor contract drilling services, and through November 2007, engineering and consulting services. Its operations are conducted principally in the Middle East, India, United States, Gulf of Mexico, Mexico, the North Sea, Brazil, West Africa and Canada. During the year ended December 31, 2007, Noble completed the rationalization of its technology services division with the sale of the rotary steerable system assets of its Noble Downhole Technology Ltd. subsidiary.

Breakdown Trigger: $35, hit 10.6

Position: 2010 $40 LEAP Call YVJ-AJ @ $5.20

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MDR - McDermott

McDermott is one of the most successful engineering firms in the world. MDR builds offshore oilrigs and power generation systems. Neither of these areas are experiencing any decline in demand. McDermott's business is booming and they have an 11-year backlog. There is no fundamental reason for the current decline. MDR has fallen from $67 in June to $17 last week. They will present at the Natixis Bleichroeder conference on Oct 14th.

Company info:

McDermott International, Inc. is an engineering and construction company with specialty manufacturing and service capabilities and is the parent company of the McDermott group of companies, including J. Ray McDermott, S.A. (JRMSA) and The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W). The Company operates in three business segments: Offshore Oil and Gas Construction, Government Operations and Power Generation Systems. On July 27, 2007, the Company acquired Secunda International Limited. On May 1, 2007, it acquired Marine Mechanical Corporation.

Breakdown trigger: $18, hit 10/6

Position: 2010 $25 LEAP Call YAE-AE @ $3.90

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FLR - Fluor

Fluor is a premium engineering firm that we have played several times before. Like MDR it operates in several areas of which oil and gas is only one. Fluor has fallen from $100 to $35 over the last three months on fears of a global slowdown. The areas Fluor is involved in are not slowing. The need for more power plants and government contracting will never decline at least in my lifetime.

Earnings Nov 6th

Company Info:

Fluor Corporation is a holding company that, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) and project management services. Fluor serves a number of industries worldwide, including oil and gas, chemical and petrochemicals, transportation, mining and metals, power, life sciences and manufacturing. Fluor is also a primary service provider to the United States Federal Government. It performs operations and maintenance activities for major industrial clients, and also operates and maintains their equipment fleet. The Company is aligned into five principal operating segments: Oil and Gas, Industrial and Infrastructure, Government, Global Services and Power. Fluor Constructors International, Inc., which is organized and operates separately from its business segments, provides unionized management, construction and management services in the United States and Canada, both independently and as a subcontractor on projects to its segments.

Breakdown trigger: $37.50, hit 10/10

Position: 2010 $50 LEAP Call LLF-AX @ $10.70

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NOV - National Oilwell

NOV has fallen from $93 to $23 as the oil price bubble burst but their business model has not changed. They should be a core holding in any portfolio for the next decade. The price of oil does not really impact NOV but they are hostage to the decline I the sector.

Company Info:

National Oilwell Varco, Inc. is a provider of equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling and production operations, oilfield services, and supply chain integration services to the upstream oil and gas industry. It has three segments: Rig Technology, Petroleum Services & Supplies, and Distribution Services. The Rig Technology segment designs, manufactures, sells and services systems for the drilling, completion and servicing of oil and gas wells. The Petroleum Services & Supplies segment provides consumable goods and services used to drill, complete, remediate and workover oil and gas wells, service pipelines, flowlines and other oilfield tubular goods. The Distribution Services segment provides maintenance, repair and operating supplies, and spare parts to drill site and production locations worldwide. In July 2007, NOV acquired, through a wholly owned subsidiary, a 76% stake in Sara Services and Engineers Private Limited. In April 2008, it acquired Grant Prideco, Inc.

Breakdown trigger: $28.50, hit 10/8

Position: May 2009 $40 Call NOV-EH @ $6.00

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PBR - Petrobras

We were stopped on Petrobras last week at $35 and we now have the opportunity to reenter the play at $25. This is the strongest oil company in the market in terms of discovered reserves and expanding production base. Hardly a week goes by that they don't announce a new discovery. I am shocked PBR has fallen this low even in the current liquidation environment.

Company info:

Petroleo Brasileiro SA - Petrobras (Petrobras) is a Brazil-based holding company is engaged in the exploration, exploitation and production of oil from reservoir wells, shale and other rocks, and in the refining, processing, trade and transport of oil and oil products, natural gas and other fluid hydrocarbons, in addition to other energy related activities. Petrobras has 109 production platforms and 15 refineries. It operates 31,089 kilometers of pipelines. The Company has various subsidiaries: Petrobras Distribuidora SA - BR, which is involved in the distribution and commercialization of oil products and natural gas, and Petrobras Netherlands BV - PNBV, which is active in the purchase, sale and rent of equipment and platforms for the production of oil and gas. Petrobras operates in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Portugal, the United States, Peru and Turkey, among others.

Breakdown trigger: $28.50, hit 10/6

Position: 2010 $40 LEAP Call YMO-AH @ $7.00

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PDE - Pride

Pride is a strong takeover candidate as one of the remaining drillers not already consumed by RIG and DO. GE is rumored to be interested in acquiring a driller but the current financial drag on their earnings by financials may keep GE out of the market. That does not mean there are no other bidders. With Pride trading at a PE of 4 and trading at one third of their recent share price they are very attractive.

Company Info:

Pride International, Inc. (Pride) is an offshore drilling contractor operating, as of February 27, 2008, a fleet of 64 rigs, consisting of two deepwater drillships, 12 semisubmersible rigs, 28 jackups, 10 platform rigs, five managed deepwater drilling rigs and seven Eastern Hemisphere-based land drilling rigs. Its customers include integrated oil and natural gas companies, state-owned national oil companies and independent oil and natural gas companies. Prides operations are conducted in oil and natural gas basins, including South America, the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. It provides contract drilling services to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies through the use of mobile offshore drilling rigs in United States and international waters. Pride provides the rigs and drilling crews and is responsible for the payment of operating and maintenance expenses.

Breakdown trigger: $20, hit 10/6

Position: 2010 $25 LEAP Call YAD-AE @ $5.00

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FLS - Flowserve

This is a screaming buy because nothing in the current global conditions should mean a significant drop in the use of valves and seals. $50 is strong multi-year support. Two years of gains have been wiped out and this should be a great buying opportunity. The only drawback is the stock price at $56 still represents a cash generation opportunity for funds still suffering liquidation problems.

Company Info:

Flowserve Corporation (Flowserve) is a manufacturer and aftermarket service provider of flow control systems. The Company develops and manufactures precision-engineered flow control equipment, such as pumps, valves and seals, for critical service applications. Flowserve offers a range of aftermarket equipment services, such as installation, advanced diagnostics, repair and retrofitting. The Company sells its products and services to more than 10,000 companies, including engineering and construction firms, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors and end users. The Company operates through three business segments: Flowserve Pump Division (FPD) for engineered pumps, industrial pumps and related services; Flow Control Division (FCD) for engineered and industrial valves, control valves, actuators and controls and related services, and Flow Solutions Division (FSD) for precision mechanical seals and related products and services.

Breakdown trigger: $555

Buy April $70 Call FLS-DN, $8.50, 10/08

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RIG - Transocean

RIG is the leading deepwater driller and the majority of new discoveries are in deep water. The future drilling in the OCS will benefit RIG but that is still years away. They have a multiyear backlog that is only going to grow larger as companies plan for OCS activity. The only drawback for RIG today is the $70 stock price. They could still be a target for fund liquidations.

Company Info:

Transocean Inc. (Transocean) is an international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells. As of February 20, 2008, the Company owned, had partial ownership interests in or operated 139 mobile offshore drilling units. Its fleet included 39 high-specification floaters (ultra-deepwater, deepwater and harsh environment semisubmersibles, and drillships), 29 midwater floaters, 10 high-specification jackups, 57 standard jackups and four other rigs. As of February 20, 2008, the Company also has eight ultra-deepwater floaters contracted for or under construction. The Companys primary business is to contract these drilling rigs, related equipment and work crews primarily on a day rate basis to drill oil and gas wells. In November 2007, the Company completed its merger transaction with GlobalSantaFe Corporation (GlobalSantaFe).

Breakdown trigger: $80, hit 10/6

Position: 2010 $100 LEAP Call YDR-AZ @ 13.40

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GS - Goldman Sachs

Moody's did us no favor when they warned after the close on Thursday that they may cut ratings on Goldman and Morgan Stanley. Our entry point on Thursday at $100 was the closing print. On Friday Goldman dropped to $74 at the open as a result of the downgrade notice. Goldman rebounded to close at $90 after the Lehman auction concluded successfully. Goldman had over $100 billion in Lehman CDS debt that was auctioned on Friday. They will receive their insured proceeds on Oct 21st. Some analysts thought the Lehman debt sale would blow up and were selling Goldman in advance of the sale. Now that the sale is behind us we should see Goldman come back into favor.

Forbes ran an article on Oct-2nd from Nouriel Roubini on how Morgan and Goldman were going to fail or be taken over. This gave us the decline from $140 to our entry point at $100 over the last week. The Moody's warning knocked Goldman under $100. On Friday the Managing director of Goldman, Lucas van Praag wrote a letter to the editor at Forbes debunking Roubini's claims. That should also benefit the stock price next week.

However, this is a strange environment where anything financial is being dumped. If that does not change soon then any holding on a financial stock is doomed.

Company Info:

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (Goldman Sachs) is a global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a range of services worldwide to a client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Its activities are divided into three segments: Investment Banking, Trading and Principal Investments, and Asset Management and Securities Services. Investment Banking and Asset Management and Securities Services each represented 16% of net revenues during the fiscal year ended November 30, 2007 (fiscal 2007). Trading and Principal Investments represented 68% of net revenues in fiscal 2007. On December 11, 2007, Credit-Based Asset Servicing and Securitization LLC, a sub-prime mortgage investor, sold its Litton Loan Servicing business to Goldman Sachs. In June 2008, the Companys division, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, and Cordova, Smart & Williams, LLC announced the acquisition of H2O Plus, LLC.

Breakdown Trigger: $100, hit 10/9

PPosition: 2010 $120 LEAP Call WSD-AD @ $23.75

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JPM - JP Morgan

JPM stock has been all over the place the last year but it is the only major investment bank that has not posted material declines. It is constantly a go to bank for the Fed when it has a problem bank to sell. JPM gained +13% on Friday in the midst of a financial meltdown. Once the smoke clears from the current financial crisis JPM should be a strong winner.

Company Info:

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a financial holding company. JPMorgan Chase's principal bank subsidiaries are JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, a national banking association with branches in 17 states, and Chase Bank USA, National Association, a national bank that is the Company's credit card issuing bank. JPMorgan Chase's principal non-banking subsidiary is J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., its United States investment banking firm. The bank and non-bank subsidiaries of JPMorgan Chase operate nationally, as well as through overseas branches and subsidiaries, representative offices and subsidiary foreign banks. In January 2008, JPMorgan Chase acquired an additional equity interest in Highbridge Capital Management, LLC. On May 30, 2008, the Company acquired The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. In September 2008, JPMorgan Chase acquired all deposits, assets and certain liabilities of Washington Mutual's (WM) banking operations from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Breakdown trigger: $40. Hit 10/6

Position: 2010 $50 LEAP Call WJP-AJ @ $6.00

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XLF - Financial SPDR

The XLF crashed through our trigger at $17 as more negative news rocked the financial sector last Tuesday. This is an all time low for the XLF but surely we are nearing an end to the uncertainty in the banking system.

Company Info:

Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (the Fund) seeks to provide investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance of the Financial Select Sector of the S&P 500 Index (the Index). The Index includes financial service firms with diversified business lines ranging from investment management to commercial and investment banking. The Fund utilizes a passive or indexing investment approach to invest in a portfolio of stocks that seek to replicate the Index. The Funds investment advisor is SSgA Funds Management, Inc

Breakdown trigger: $17, hit 10/6

Position: 2010 $20 LEAP Call WFS-AT @ $3.00

 

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