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Weekly Newsletter, Saturday, 11/25/2006

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Table of Contents

  1. Commentary
  2. Changes in Portfolio
  3. Portfolio Listing
  4. New Plays
  5. Existing Plays
  6. Watch List

Leaps Trader Commentary

Rocky Week for Oil Prices

After reading that headline above you are probably thinking, "what else is new?" News reports of production problems due to weather challenges in Alaska and various outages in the Middle East offset news of a sharp spike in oil inventories. On Wednesday the inventory report showed a whopping +5 million bbl build in supplies while refined product inventories slipped lower. The sharp spike in oil prices on Tuesday saw prices climb to $60.40 intraday but the inventory report on Wednesday saw an equally dramatic drop back to $58.35 ahead of the long holiday weekend. Refinery utilization fell to 87.1% as more refiners shut down production for maintenance ahead of the strong winter demand.

It appears to be a conflicting picture of weak demand but in reality the picture is improving. For instance the EIA reported distillate stocks have fallen to 133.8 mb last week from a high of 151 mb back on the Sept-29th report. Gasoline stocks have fallen from 215.1 mb in the same period to 201.7 mb last week. Crude has only risen because refineries are cutting production for maintenance. Utilization has fallen to 87.1% from 93.6% in September. Once the maintenance schedule ends and that utilization increases again that crude stockpile will diminish rapidly. We are also entering the heavy use period for winter, which kicked off last week. 34 million Americans were expected to travel more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving. When they get back home from the holiday trip the family shopping spree begins with increased gasoline usage from extra auto use. We are also moving into the winter heating season with colder weather settling in over the entire country. The usage of home heating oil, gas for heating and electricity generated by gas and coal will increase. We should see further declines in distillates and gasoline inventories over the next couple of weeks as marketers replenish supplies drawn down over the holiday week. According to the EIA current U.S. gasoline inventories only represent a 21.9 day supply. That shows how quickly the picture could change in the event of a major disruption in oil supplies.

I am encouraged by the price of oil holding in the $60 range over the fall demand slump. We have had numerous news events that were bearish for prices but we have seen every dip under $60 bought and support is holding. Stock prices for energy companies have largely been stable with many remaining in a upward trend despite the volatility in energy prices. I continue to believe that we will see another move higher once the winter demand/price cycle gains some traction. The falling dollar is also providing support for oil prices with billions of dollar denominated oil traded each day. Lower dollar value means a higher price for oil.

Weather in Alaska prevented tankers from loading at the end of the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Storage tanks were nearing capacity and operators reduced the flow of the pipeline by 30% from Prudhoe Bay to avoid having the oil in the pipe come to a halt and potentially causing restart problems. The weather is not expected to clear until Tuesday.

Italian Oil company Eni declared force majeure on exports from the Okono terminal in Nigeria after it was attacked. Supply disruptions for the week caused the Qatari Oil Minister to dumb down comments he made last week about the need for another production cut when OPEC meets again in December. He now says it is too early to speculate on further cuts.

Bloomberg surveyed 35 analysts, traders and brokers and 17 said oil prices are likely to rise next week due to expectations for increased heating oil use this winter. Last winter was the warmest on record in decades and that scenario is not expected to be repeated. 10 respondents expected prices to remain flat and only 8 were looking for a decline.

I just returned to Denver from a three week 4000+ mile road trip to the southern US. I paid as little as $1.98 in the Beaumont area of Texas, $2.09 in New Orleans and as much as $2.33 on I70 in eastern Kansas. Clearly being close to the refiners around the Gulf is a plus for cheap prices but elsewhere we seem to have settled in the $2.10 range and about what I averaged paying on my trip. It should be uphill from here. Prices will rise as the current excess in inventory is reduced and traders start looking forward to the high demand driving season for 2007. According to the EIA the average retail price of regular gasoline rose to 223.9 cents per gallon in the last reporting week. This was +3.8 cents higher than the same period in 2005 despite the hurricane spikes we were seeing in 2005. Retail heating oil fell slightly to 237.4 cents, down -5.7 cents from 2005. Everyone may feel that $60 oil is cheap compared to the $78.40 high for the year but it is still well above any sustained prices in our history. This is simply another plateau that we will eventually look back on wistfully as we talk about the good old days to our grandkids.

With earnings over for Q3 the news in the energy sector was pretty sparse. PetroChina was the highlight of the week with a +$8 gain after Citigroup initiated coverage with a "buy" and a price target of $139. Friday's high of $124.28 was an all time high. Our patience was finally rewarded. For the rest of the positions the updates are going to be pretty thin. Without any news and little movement in prices there is simply nothing to update.

This week should be interesting with no additional news expected all eyes will be on the inventory reports for signs of increased demand in heating oil and gasoline and a draw down in crude. We are nearing the 30-day mark for the OPEC cut and about the time that the impact should start being felt. The combination of increased demand and the slowdown in supplies should support prices. The main risk to our positions next week will be the broader market. The Dow finally appears to be weakening but the Nasdaq, S&P and Russell are holding the high ground. How long they can continue to advance or even hold at this level with the Dow slipping is anybody's guess. By all measurements the markets are very overbought and due for a correction. At the same time money flows into the markets are increasing. Bullish sentiment among newsletter writers is a near record highs for the last decade. From a contrarian viewpoint this is a very bearish sign. The VIX spent most of the week under 10.0 and a level of complacency not seen since the early 90s. When a market correction does appear, whether by years end or early 2007 it will drastically impact our positions as profits are taken. For this reason it may be time to begin upgrading our insurance puts. Most existing puts are well out of the money and worthless as correction protection. I will begin suggesting some new positions this week. Of course a major spike up in oil could offset a broad market decline but it is better to be safe than sorry. I raised the entry points on some of the insurance puts and changed some strikes.

January Crude Oil - Daily

December Gas Futures Chart - 90 Min


Changes in Portfolio

New Non-Energy Plays


New Energy Plays


Dropped Plays


New Watch List Plays Triggered
FXI FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Fund

Portfolio Listing & Top Picks

New Plays

Most Recent Plays

FXI $96.00 - FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Fund

That was not how I wanted to enter this play. The breakout target was triggered on Wednesday with a gap open from 93.75 to $95.80. The problem with trading an overseas index is that the U.S. price is determined overnight by the action overseas. There is very little intraday movement. The gap open on the LEAP inflated the price by nearly +$2. Hopefully you waited a few minutes for the excitement to cool before making the entry. The low for the day was -1.40 lower. Since nobody expects China to cool in the near future this spike in the option price could be recovered quickly.

The iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index.

Component list: http://tinyurl.com/y9fv6a

This iShare focuses on the largest companies in China (58% of it positions) and Hong Kong (42%). These are the most liquid companies in these markets. With Asia growing by leaps and bounds the FXI generated a +40% return in 2005 without using options. We hope to do better using LEAPs.

Breakout target: $94.50 hit 11/22/06 on gap open to $95.80

Position: 2009 $100 LEAP Call VHF-AT @ $13.50


Play Updates

Existing Plays

The current format of the Play Updates has changed. Only the pertinent data that has changed from the prior week will be shown in an effort to concentrate more on new commentary on new plays rather than restating existing positions. Each play has a link back to either its last full commentary or its initial description.


MRO $91.08 +2.10 - Marathon Oil

Marathon continued higher with a nice gain for the week. It appears the decision to buy the prior week's dip was the correct one. Resistance remains $92.50 at the historical high and we are rapidly approaching that level. No change in play.

To see the initial commentary on this position click here

Position 2009 $100 LEAP Call VXM-AT @ $12.60

Insurance put: None


HES - $45.35 -0.65 - Hess Corporation (Formerly (AHC))

Hess continues to consolidate in the $45-$46 range on no news. No change in play.

To see the initial commentary on this position click here

11/05/06 2009 $50 LEAP Call VHS-AJ @ $6.80

No insurance due to cheap LEAP, strong support and positive trend.


BHP - $40.74 +0.53 - BHP Billiton

BHP continues to hold above support despite rumors that it could outbid Freeport for Phelps Dodge. Traders appear cool to the idea but it is still just speculation. We have a good insurance put position in case they do something stupid. No change in play.

To see the initial commentary on this position click here

10/29/06 2009 $40 LEAP Call ZPK-AH @ $11.10

Insurance Put:
11/12/06 Feb $40 Put BHP-NH @ $1.50


BTU - $42.67 +0.67 - Peabody Energy

BTU is starting to tick higher on colder weather and the S&P announcement. It was announced the prior week that Peabody would replace HCA in the S&P-500 on some future date. That date has not yet been set. This should help provide a floor over the next couple of weeks. No change in play.

To see the initial commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Oct 19th .53 cents, up +26%

10/22/06 Jan-2009 $50 LEAP Call ZZT-AJ @ $8.70

No insurance put at this time.


DVN - $70.47 +0.51 - Devon Energy

Devon moved slightly higher on no news. Resistance is $72 and DVN is holding just close enough to breakout on any sudden spike in oil prices. It came very close on Tuesday when oil broke over $60. No complaints and no change in play.

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Nov 1st, $1.66, beat by +14 cents

LEAP Position:
10/03/06 Position: 2009 $70 LEAP Call VVH-AN @ $9.00

Insurance put:
Buy Apr-2007 $60 Put DVN-PL only if DVN trades at $67 again.


RIG - $75.25 +1.86 - Transocean Inc

RIG rebounded from the prior weeks dip and the trend is still intact. RIG has been commissioned to drill a new well in the Artic Barents Sea for Eni. No change in play.

Their rig report released Oct-31st: http://tinyurl.com/vkwuv

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Nov 2nd, 83 cents, 12 cent beat

LEAP Position:
10/03/06 Position: 2009 $80 LEAP Call VOI-AP @ $12.90

Insurance put:
Buy Jan $65 PUT RIG-ML only if RIG trades at $71.


TSO - $68.16 +2.10 - Tesoro Corporation

TSO is holding the high ground after its breakout over resistance at $66 and the chart looks like a new leg up could be about ready to form. No news and no change in play.

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Nov 2nd, $3.92, 66 cent beat

LEAP Position:
10/04/06 Position: 2009 $70 LEAP Call ZGC-AN @ $7.70

Insurance put:
Buy Feb $55 PUT TSO-NK only if TSO trades at $59


APC - $47.33 +0.50 - Anadarko Petroleum

APC is pressing Algeria for terms of the new windfall profits tax that will become effective in 2007. So far Algeria has failed to disclose the details other than the tax will provide an extra $1 billion in revenue for the country. Claiming the tax is much fairer than the nationalism of assets in countries like Bolivia and Venezuela the Algerian minister invited all oil companies to his office for coffee and a chat if they wished to discuss the terms. The current contracts were signed when oil was $15 and Algeria feels it is time to adjust those terms. APC is the largest independent company in Algeria. No change in play.

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

No change in play.

Earnings: Nov 7th, +$1.75 vs +$1.12

LEAP Position:
9/20/06 Position: 2009 $50 LEAP Call OCP-AJ @ $6.90

Insurance put: 9/25
Position: Jan $40 PUT APC-MH @ $2.35, profit stop @ $35.00


CEO $87.90 +2.63 - Cnooc Ltd

CEO sprinted higher late in the week after PetroChina was upgraded by Citibank. The rush to China equities appears to have restarted with the big oil companies leading the list of desirables.

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

No insurance put

Earnings: Oct-31st, $2.33B rev, +25%, no EPS given

Position: March $90 Call CEO-CS @ $2.40 (no leaps)


SU $76.65 +1.03 - Suncor Energy

Suncor continues to be range bound over $74 but the short term internals appear to be improving. No news and no change in play.

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Oct 26th, $1.48 vs $0.57 year ago qtr

LEAP Position: 9/11/06
Position: 2009 $80 LEAP Call OYX-AP @ $14.30

Insurance put: 9/18
Position: Dec $60 Put SU-XL @ $2.10, no stop


SLB $65.39 +2.10 Schlumberger

SLB regained its losses from the prior week but remains trapped in a range under resistance at $66. SLB earned $1.81 in 2005 and is expecting $2.96 this year and $3.74 in 2007. This suggests a forward PE of less than 17 with oil demand expected to rise by +4 mbpd by 2010. SLB is going to reap the rewards of all that exploration and production. We are just waiting for a rally in oil to appear. There was no news and no change in play.

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Oct 20th: 81 cents vs 44 in Y.A.Q.

LEAP Position:
1/2 9/11/06 @ $8.60
1/2 9/12/06 @ $8.00
Position: 2009 $70 LEAP Call VWY-AN @ $8.30

Insurance Put: 9/18
Position: Jan $50 Put SLB-MJ @ $2.00, no stop


NBR $32.63 +2.07 - Nabors Industries

Nabors spiked +$3 on Monday on rumors of a pending takeover announcement. It held its gains for the week despite many analysts saying the rumor was false. With a market cap of only $9.7 billion it would be an easy target for the LBO groups or even a larger integrated company looking to capitalize on the future of oil exploration. However, because the oil business has been very cyclical in the past it would take brass components to step up to the table with $10 billion in risk capital. NBR only trades at a PE of 10 and sees increasing backlogs despite hundreds of rigs on order. Any buyout would probably involve a significant breakup of Nabors into various parts to maximize value. After being unloved by investors for years it might take a buyout offer to rekindle their stock price.

Link to recent presentation: http://tinyurl.com/o5jmy

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Oct 25th, $1.02 vs 0.55 in YAQ

LEAP Position:
9/12/06 2009 $40 LEAP Call VRB-AH @ $4.50

No insurance


UPL $51.31 + 1.13 - Ultra Petroleum

UPL is like watching paint dry as we await the winter ramp on gas prices. No news and no change in play.

UPL said recently that their profit margins at $4 gas were +30%, $6 gas 50% and $8 gas 100%. They have a 16-year inventory of wells to be drilled.

OGIS Investment Conference on Oct-4th. http://tinyurl.com/y6xsq3
Enercom Oil and Gas presentation: http://tinyurl.com/kn5cb

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Oct 31st, +33 cents

LEAP Position:
9/12/06 Position: 2009 $60 LEAP Call OZH-AL @ $10.60

Insurance Put:
9/18 Position: JAN $40 Put UPL-MH @ $2.85, no stop


SUN $64.00 -0.72 - Sunoco

SUN took a turn for the worse this week with more selling than buying and the top of the intra-week swing was about -1.50 below the last three weeks. Valero needs to get out their checkbook and write a big one for $8.5 million and put SUN out of its misery. Like UPL we are just waiting for the winter demand cycle to begin. No change in play.

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Nov 1st, $2.76 vs $2.39

LEAP Position:
9/12/06 Position: 2009 $70 LEAP Call VUN-AN @ $13.50

Insurance Put:
Position: Jan $55 Put SUN-MK @ $2.40, no stop


PXP $44.38 +0/70 - Plains Exploration

PXP appears ready to break resistance at $44.50 and make a run for its highs at $47. The two week trend has been solidly higher. No news and no change in play.

Maintain $35 profit stop on Jan $40 insurance put.

OGIS Investment Conference on Oct-4th: http://tinyurl.com/y7vn2w

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Nov 9th, +91 cents vs +37 cents

LEAP Position:
9/12/06 Position: 2009 $50 LEAP Call ZXL-AJ @ 7.50

Insurance Put:
9/25 Jan $40 Put PXP-MH @ $1.90


FST $34.20 +0.58 - Forest Oil

FST is still fighting resistance at $35 but the long term trend is creeping higher even if it is at a snails pace. I still expect $35 to break and a strong trend begin. No change in play.

Enercom conference presentation: http://tinyurl.com/ggzmv

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Nov-8th, +1.21 vs +0.05

LEAP Position: 9/12/06
Position: 2009 $40 LEAP Call OJG-AH @ 4.50

No insurance due to cheap LEAP


XTO $47.18 +0.90 - XTO Energy

XTO raised their dividend +20% to nine cents but the stock is still stuck under resistance at $48. No change in play.

OGIS conference presentation on Oct 4th: http://tinyurl.com/v6ram
Enercom presentation: http://tinyurl.com/qorbr

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Oct 24th, $0.99 vs $0.85 in YAQ

LEAP Position:
9/12/06 Position: 2009 $50 LEAP Call OUO-AJ @ $6.50

Insurance Put:
Feb $35 Put XTO-NG @ $1.40, no stop


VLO $52.35 -0.51 - Valero Energy

Valero continues to be range bound between $51-$54. Nothing should change until winter demand returns. No change in play.

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Oct 31st, +$2.42 vs $2.30

LEAP Position:
9/24/06 Position: 2009 $60 LEAP Call VHB-AL @ $7.70

Insurance Put:
Position: 9/25 Jan $45 Put VLO-MI @ $2.25, no stop


PBR - $90.61 +1.31 - Petroleo Brasileiro

PBR moved slightly higher after last week's drop but Wednesday's higher was still a lower high. PBR needs to break out of the doldrums and the resistance at $95. No news and no change in the play.

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Nov 10th, +29%

LEAP Position:
9/08/06 Position: 2009 $100 LEAP Call VDW-AT @ $14.90

Insurance put:
9/11 January $70 PBR-MN @ $1.80, no stop


DO - $76.65 +2.02 - Diamond Offshore

DO is easing back towards the resistance at $77.50 and a breakout there could have it testing $80 very quickly. The underlying support for DO appears to be growing. I considered a new put on DO but the price for the Jan $70 is excessive in my opinion. No news and no change in play.

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Oct 27th. $1.19 vs $0.60 in YAQ

LEAP Position:
8/29/06 Position: 2009 $80 LEAP Call VCT-AP @ 14.20
Cost reduction: Oct $70 Put profit -3.15, cost now $11.05

Insurance Put:
10/08 Dec $60 Put DO-XL @ $2.40, no stop

Position closed:
10/03 October $70 put DO-VN @ $1.65, exit @ $4.80, +3.15


CSX - $36.19 -0.19 - CSX Corp

CSX is flat ahead of its index upgrade. CSX will be added to the MCSI 300 US Large Cap Index as of Nov-30th according to MCSI Barra. The transport index is holding the high ground but the railroads are not participating. No change in play.

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings schedule: Oct 17th, 54 cents, +50%

LEAP Position:
9/03/06 Position: 2009 $35 LEAP Call OBC-AG @ $4.90
11/17 Cost update - expired Nov $30 put +1.40 = $6.30

Insurance put:
9/11 November $30 Put CSX-WF @ $1.40, expired


ATPG - $46.34 +0.85 - ATP Oil and Gas Corp

ATP continued to move higher setting another new 6-month high. They announced this week they were redeeming their 12.5% and 13.5% preferred shares in a move to further reduce costs. They continue to move higher with a target of resistance at $49.50. No change in play.

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

OGIS Investment Conference on Oct 5th. http://tinyurl.com/y5jod2

Earnings schedule: N/A

LEAP Position:
8/20/06 Position: 2009 $40 LEAP Call VCL-AH @ $11.70

Insurance put:
9/06 Position Dec $35 PUT HKU-XG @ $1.50, stop at $30


PTR - $123.42 + 8.77 - Petrochina

PTR received an upgrade from Citigroup to a buy with a price target of $139 and the reaction was immediate. The stock gapped open on both Wednesday and Friday. Friday's closing price was a new historic high. We waited a log time for PTR to recover from its plunge to $90 and our wait was worth it. No complaints and no change in play.

To see the last full commentary on this position click here: http://tinyurl.com/yest3l

Current recommendation: Buy under $110

Earnings: August 24th, $10.1 billion, +29%

LEAP Position:
5/14/06 Position: 2008 $120 LEAP Call LJC-AD @ $16.20
Cost adjustment: Close short Dec $115 call +1.30 = $17.50
Cost adjustment: Close long July $90 puts +3.00 = $20.50
Cost adjustment: Close long Sept $110 put -2.60 = $17.90

Insurance put: (9/11)
Position: December $100 Put PTR-XT @ $2.20, stop $90

Insurance put: (8/13)
Position closed:
Sept $110 Put PTR-UB @ $2.40, stop @ $106 @ $5.00, +2.60

Insurance combo: Closed
Short: Dec $115 Call PTR-LC @ $3.20, 6/13, exit $4.50, -1.30
Long: (2) July $90 Puts PTR-SR @ $3.70, 6/13, exit $0.70, -3.00

Insurance puts: (Closed 6/7)
Closed: June $105 PUT PTR-RA, @ $4.20 (5/22), exit 6/7 @ $4.30

Non-Energy Positions

PCU $53.10 +2.95 - Southern Copper

It appears the breakdown entry at $51 just above support at $50 was a good entry. We saw PCU spike up last Monday and continue higher into Friday. The reason for the bounce was the Freeport-McMoRan announcement it was planning to buy Phelps Dodge to create the worlds largest copper company. Evidently Freeport is not afraid of the dip in copper prices and actually expects them to rebound. The offer price was nearly +$30 over the PD price prior to the announcement. No complaints here!

To see the initial commentary on this position click here

Breakdown triggered at $51 on 11/14/06

Position: JUNE $55 Call PCU-FK @ $3.80
(no leaps)

Insurance Put:
PCU-XW Dec $47.50 put only if PCU trades at $49.50


CAT - $62.88 +1.94 - Caterpillar ** Stop loss $58 **

CAT finally found some traction on news that CAT expects its growth in China to quadruple by 2010. To underscore this trend in growth CAT announced it was moving its Asia Pacific headquarters from Tokyo to Beijing. Sales from China are expected to grow to 10% of CAT's total up from 2.5% today. This announcement came just one day after Cummins said its sales would double by 2010. A pure case of one-upmanship from CAT. No change in play as we await some good news to restart their trend upward.

To see the initial commentary on this position click here

10/22/06 JAN-2009 $70 LEAP Call VKT-AN @ $7.20

Insurance Put: none


TEX - $57.59 +1.67 - Terex Corp

Another new historic high but a four-day stall as well. $58 has appeared as resistance. No news and no change in play.

To see the initial commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Oct 25th, $0.98 vs $0.51 in YAQ

10/23/06 Jan-2009 $60 LEAP VXQ-AL @ $10.90

Insurance Put:
10/23/06 Jan-$50 PUT TEX-MI only is TEX trades at $54.


DHI - $25.57 +0.47 - DR Horton

DHI continued to show gains a week after its surprising jump on better than expected earnings. Bad news in the housing sector is being ignored and we are not complaining. No change in play.

To see the last full commentary on this position click here

Earnings: Nov 14th, 88 cents vs analysts est of 69 cents

LEAP Position:
9/24/06 Position: 2009 $25 LEAP Call VEI-AE @ $5.10


Leaps Trader Watch List

Dropped Entries
HPQ Hewlett Packard Lost its luster

New Watch List Entries
Cheniere Energy

Current Watch List

MDR - McDermott Intl

McDermott International, Inc. (MII) is the parent company of the McDermott group of companies, which includes J. Ray McDermott, S.A. and its consolidated subsidiaries; McDermott Incorporated (MI) and its consolidated subsidiaries; Babcock & Wilcox Investment Company (BWICO), a subsidiary of MI; BWX Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of BWICO, and its consolidated subsidiaries, and The Babcock & Wilcox Company, a subsidiary of BWICO, and its consolidated subsidiaries. Through these subsidiaries, MII operates as a global energy services company with three business segments.

Breakdown target $46 *** Changed ***

Buy 2009 $50 LEAP OYZ-AJ


LNG - Cheniere Energy

Cheniere Energy, Inc. is engaged primarily in the business of developing and constructing, and then owning and operating, a network of three onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminals, and related natural gas pipelines, along the Gulf Coast of the United States. The Company's immediate focus is on its LNG receiving terminals being developed in western Cameron Parish, Louisiana on the Sabine Pass Channel and near Corpus Christi, Texas. Cheniere Energy is also engaged, to a limited extent, in oil and natural gas exploration and development activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Exploration efforts are focused on the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico offshore of Louisiana and Texas and consist primarily of active interpretation of seismic data and generation of prospects, through participation in the drilling of wells, and through farm-out arrangements and back-in interests whereby the capital costs of such activities are borne primarily by industry partners.

LNG has taken off like a scared rabbit after getting financing approval for the next step in its LNG terminal construction phase. After six months of declines to $25 LNG rocketed back to $30 last week and shows no indications of slowing down. The game has changed for LNG and for Cheniere. All the news is suddenly positive and the shorts are getting pummeled. I would like to buy LNG on a pullback to $28 but that possibility is doubtful. I will take the entry at $31 and be happy.

Breakdown target $28
Breakout target $31

Buy 2009 $30 LEAP ONP-AF

Currently that LEAP is quoted at $8.20 with the $35 LEAP at $6.20. I would gladly pay the extra $2 for another $5 in the money at expiration plus an even money strike in case of a future stock split.


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