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Weekly Newsletter, Saturday, 06/21/2008

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Table of Contents

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

Leaps Trader Commentary

Holding Our Breath

By the time you read this the Saudi Oil Conference should be in full swing. Oil traders are holding their breath to see which way to trade on Monday. The price of crude has been stagnant in a range around $135 for the last two weeks as the tension built ahead of the meeting. Nobody has a clue what the meeting holds since this is the first of its kind. Anything is possible and I would bet that oil prices are going to be a long way from $135 by next weekend. The only and most important question is which side of $135?

The weekly oil inventory report showed another drop in crude stretching the string to five consecutive weeks and a loss of 25 million barrels. Gasoline inventories fell as well as refiners cut back on refining the high priced oil from the prior week. Gasoline imports also declined. Crude inventories are now 14.2% below year-ago levels. All of this is just smoke and has no relevance on oil prices this week as traders await Jeddah.

Weekly Oil Inventory Table

The stage is set and Saudi officials are making what seems like hourly statements to the press. They leaked the news they were going to increase production again by 200,000 bpd early last week. On Friday they confirmed it in the press. They also reiterated they were spending $90 billion to boost production to 12.5 mbpd by the end of 2009. There are many skeptics on that point and doubts abound but that is a year away.

Bloomberg said Saudi pumped 9.134 mbpd in May according to OPEC. Bloomberg said their output was 9.25 mbpd. Last Month Saudi said they were going to start pumping an additional 300,000 bpd within a month. Now they have confirmed they will add another 200,000 bpd on July 1st. In theory and using the Bloomberg 9.25 mbpd as a starting point that puts them at 9.75 mbpd and 11% of total daily demand. It also came to light last week that the 200,000 bpd increase to be announced at the meeting is only temporary for the month of July and that was not met with cheers. It only heightened the rumors that Saudi is close to its peak production.

The current rumor is that Saudi will announce an increase of 500,000 bpd at the meeting rather than the already admitted 200,000 bpd announcement. This rumor caused prices to weaken on Friday after the Israel/Iran spike back to $137. Personally I think the rumor mill and the various translation problems have created this out of thin air. The combination of the 300,000 announcement last month and the 200,000 announcement this weekend is 500,000 and I could easily see how being overheard saying something like "We are going to increase production by 500,000 bpd" could be translated or construed by headline hunting journalists as an additional 500,000 when it is not.

The EIA is no helping with the rumors. They calculated that 2008 world production would average 86.54 mbpd and consumption total 86.38 mbpd. Since consumption varies greatly by season that is an overall average. They claim global production even with the 500,000 already announced by Saudi would still fall short by 750,000 to 860,000 bpd during the peak season. They feel that another 750,000 bpd is needed to cool off speculation in oil prices and meet the peak demand.

Saudi responded to those comments by reiterating they were currently spending $90 billion to improve production to 12.5 mbpd in 2009. The two remaining projects that will contribute to that goal are the 500,000 bpd Khursaniyah field, originally slated to come online last December but has been experiencing continued delays. The last and even more complicated 1.2 mbpd Khurais field should be online by mid-2009 according to Saudi. Literally nobody believe that claim but again, that is a year from now.

The only reason I spend so much time talking about Saudi is because they are the only OPEC country with any meaningful excess capacity either real or imagined. The key point to this entire exercise is how much oil can they really produce? If they can pull off 9.75 mbpd it would help the overall problem but remember most of that is low quality crude already in a surplus.

The world is holding their breath hoping this weekend meeting will somehow magically fix the high prices on crude oil. Short of a major new production announcement I don't see that as happening. First of all OPEC members are not going to divulge any classified data and all their reserves and production data is classified. Unless that is suddenly going to change this is likely going to turn into a Saudi lecture and panel discussion and prices will be free to rise again on Monday once traders decide there is not a million barrels per day suddenly going to appear out of OPEC.

Saudi also said they were going to double their international refining capacity by 2012 to 6 mbpd. Again, old news. Their last two announced refinery projects have yet to be started. Announcements are cheap and refineries are expensive.

Attending the meeting are 35 government officials like Samuel Bodman, U.S. Energy Secretary. Also 25 executives from major oil companies, officials from OPEC, the IEA, EU and the IMF. Even Venezuela did an about face on Friday and said they would attend. They were initially boycotting the meeting as unnecessary and claiming oil prices were still too low.

Other big news was the report in the New York Times on Friday that Israel had staged a maneuver over the Mediterranean and Greece that had all the appearances of preparations for an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. The mock raid involved more than 100 Israeli F-15 and F-16 warplanes along with aerial refueling tankers, helicopters for pilot rescue, radar planes, etc. The warplanes flew more than 1400 kilometers, about the distance from Israel to Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz. This major exercise was obviously designed to demonstrate their capability of striking Iran as they have promised if Iran continues uranium enrichment. The U.S. confirmed the maneuvers and the potential of an attack on Iran. This was clearly designed to send a message to Iran and to the world that Israel was not making idle threats to end Iran's nuclear project. Israel destroyed Iraq's reactor facility in 1981 and a nuclear site in Syria several months ago.

Shell declared force majeure on 225,000 bpd of June and July production from Nigeria after the rebel attack on Thursday. That is a huge amount of light crude off the market for the next six weeks. A Chevron pumping station in Nigeria was attacked on Thursday night but there was no word on production declines. Chevron was also in the news as talks with workers in Nigeria fell apart and a strike is expected. A strike would impact Chevron's daily output of 350,000 bpd in Nigeria.

Transocean (RIG) said it won a contract extension for the semisubmersible vessel GSF Development Driller II and the extension would begin in November. The contract would produce $1.6 billion in revenue for that one ship. It is only 1 of 35 highly specific drill ships Transocean operates. Eighteen are able to drill in 7500 ft of water or more. They are truly minting money but the stock has been dormant after the GSF merger. We were stopped out of a RIG play several weeks ago. It may be time to roll the dice again.

I added three stocks to the watch list that are heavily invested in the Haynesville Shale formation in Louisiana. This is a new play in old fields. The shale is below 10,000 feet and most of the oil deposits were found much higher many years ago. With the new technology for horizontal drilling in shale this is the hot new/old discovery. As I mentioned in the lead commentary for GDP in the watch list CHK paid $178 million to Goodrich for a 50% working interest in some Haynesville Shale acreage. As I read further CHK said the Haynesville Shale could end up being the biggest asset they own and produce more gas than any other CHK property. That is a huge statement given CHK's massive footprint in places like the Barnett Shale in the DFW area. Encana (ECA) is the largest gas producer in North America and they said the Haynesville Shale could be the biggest gas field in North America. Since the play is very new most people have never heard of it. As the news gets out I believe these three gas plays will explode. There have only been 30 units formed to date in the Haynesville because it is so new. A unit is 640 acres (1 square mile). That means only 30 square miles have been plotted for drilling but the play itself is huge. Reportedly landmen are going door to door trying to acquire acreage for lease. They are making announcements at church services and holding neighborhood meetings wherever possible. The city of Shreveport took a trip to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to see how the massive influx of drilling rigs was being handled as the Barnett Shale is being developed. They are drawing up plans for drilling on public parks, roadsides, etc. It is a land rush or maybe I should say gas rush all over again. The Barnett shale covers 16-21 counties in Texas and the Haynesville Shale is said to be larger than the Barnett. The discovery was just announced in March.

Don't forget the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO) is holding their annual conference in Sacramento on Sept 21-23rd. This is a full 2.5 days of intensive, as in 8:AM to 9:PM information overload from dozens of experts from around the world on the status of Peak Oil. The cost is minimal at $325 because they are a non-profit and make no money on the event. Follow the link below to register and join me there. We can discuss each presentation and plan trades for the coming year. Put my name in the "how did you hear" box so they can group us together for the meetings. Go here to register:

Jim Brown

August Crude Futures Chart - Daily

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July Gasoline Futures Chart - RBOB Daily


Changes in Portfolio

New Energy Plays

See watch list

New Non-Energy Plays
TRA $54.16 Terra Inds

Dropped Plays


New Watch List Plays Triggered
FTK $21.83   Flotek
ENER $76.64 +8.14 Energy Conversion Devices
SGR $63.83   Shaw Group

Portfolio Listing & Top Picks

Top Picks

If you are looking to add another position these are my top picks for this week. The target prices listed would be the ideal entry points for these stocks today. There is no assurance any stock will ever return to these support levels and you will need to make your own decision about an entry point above these levels. I believe these stocks have the best potential this week. The list will change from week to week based on technicals, fundamentals, crude prices and market action. The list is not sorted in any particular order.


New Plays

Most Recent Plays

TRA - $54.16 Terra Inds

That was really frustrating. The options chain last week showed the $55 LEAP at about $8.50 but the $60 LEAP we were targeting was showing $13.50. The majority of the option chain was showing the lower prices. I ass-u-me-d that the $60 strike was the wrong price and the other prices were correct. Bad assumption! It turned out that the $60 strike was the only accurate one. On Monday morning all the prices adjusted up to the much higher price. This was obviously a case where the market maker was not keeping his chains updated unless somebody actually tried to buy one. On Monday evening I sent an email to abort the entry since it never hit our $8 target.

I really want to be in Terra and after the early week bounce it declined only slightly and actually moved higher on Friday. I am recommending we bite the bullet and take the entry here. We got the breakout over $50 and it could run from here. If you jumped in last Monday you are way ahead of the game.

Company Info:

Terra Industries Inc. (Terra) is a producer and marketer of nitrogen products, serving agricultural and industrial markets. The Companys business is organized into two segments: Nitrogen Products and Methanol. The Nitrogen Products business produces and distributes ammonia, urea, urea ammonium nitrate solutions, ammonium nitrate and other nitrogen products to agricultural and industrial users. The Methanol business manufactures methanol, which is principally used as a raw material in the production of a variety of chemical derivatives, and in the production of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). Terra owns a 75.3% interest in Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P. (TNCLP), which, through its subsidiary, Terra Nitrogen, Limited Partnership, operates Terras manufacturing facility at Verdigris, Oklahoma. The Company is the sole general partner and the majority limited partner of TNCLP. On September 14, 2007, the Company formed GrowHow UK Limited, a joint venture with Kemira GrowHow Oyj.

Buy 2010 $60 LEAP Call KMK-AL

New Watch List Plays Triggered

FTK - $21.83 Flotek

FTK found some traction and ran all the way to $23.14 before Friday's market action caused some profit taking and a downgrade from a no name firm.

Company Info:

Flotek Industries, Inc. is a global supplier of drilling and production related products and services to the energy and mining industries. The Company's core focus is oilfield specialty chemicals and logistics, downhole drilling tools and downhole production tools. Flotek offers its products primarily through its sales organizations, as well as through independent distributors and agents. The customers for its products and services include oil and natural gas companies, independent oil and natural gas companies, pressure pumping service companies and state-owned national oil companies. Five customers accounted for approximately 34% of its consolidated revenue during the year ended December 31, 2007. The Company's reportable segments are Chemical and Logistics, Drilling Products and Artificial Lift. All three segments market products domestically and internationally.

Breakout trigger: $21.00 Hit 6/17

Position: 2010 $25 LEAP Call YVB-AE @ $5.20


ENER - $76.64 +8.14 Energy Conversion Devices

What a breakout! It appears that rising wedge pattern and their new stock sale powered ENER to a $10 gain during the week with only a minor decline on Friday. The spike came on good news out of the Intersolar 2008 conference in Munich.

Company Info:

Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. manufactures and sells thin-film solar laminates that convert sunlight to energy using proprietary technology. Distributed globally under the UNI-SOLAR brand, the company's products are ideally suited for cost-effective solutions for roofing applications because they are lightweight, durable, flexible, can be integrated directly with building materials, and generate more energy in real-world conditions. ECD also pioneers other alternative technologies, including a new type of nonvolatile digital memory technology that is significantly faster and less expensive, ideal for use in a variety of applications, including cell phones, digital cameras and personal computers.

Breakout trigger: $68.50 hit 6/16

Position: 2010 $80 LEAP Call KYU-AP @ 23.10


SGR - $63.83 Shaw Group

Shaw moved up to edge over $66 and trigger our entry only to fall back to initial support at $63 on Friday. No harm and the trend is still intact.

Company info:

The Shaw Group Inc. (Shaw) is a diverse engineering, technology, construction, fabrication, environmental and industrial services company. Shaw provides its services to a diverse customer base that includes multinational oil companies and industrial corporations, regulated utilities, independent and merchant power producers, government agencies and other equipment manufacturers. The Company delivers its services from more than 150 locations, including 22 international locations. On January 31, 2007, Shaw acquired all of the stock of Mid-States Pipe Fabrication, Inc. (MSPF). On June 29, 2007, the Company acquired all of the stock of EzeFlow (NJ) Inc., a manufacturer of pipe fittings for the power and process industries. The Company has six business segments: Fossil & Nuclear; Energy and Chemicals (E&C); Environmental and Infrastructure (E&I); Maintenance; Fabrication and Manufacturing (F&M), and Investment in Westinghouse.

Breakout trigger: $66

Buy 2010 $75 LEAP Call YCW-AO


Play Updates

Existing Plays

BTU $80.31 +2.72 - Peabody Energy

BTU broke out to $86 on Thursday and gave back a couple on Friday. There was no specific news and the weakness was sector wide.

Breakout target: $81 Hit 6/09

Position: 2010 $90 LEAP Call LLW-AR @ $19.92


BP $67.35 -1.05 - BP PLC

The battle with Russian interests continued for another week but a senior Russian official said a breakthrough might be imminent. On the drilling side BP extended a rig contract with Transocean for $1.2 billion. BP also won a $268 million contract with the Pentagon.

See the June-8th newsletter for news about Russia.

Recent progress announcements on the Thunder Horse platform in the Gulf suggested that BP was going to finally start producing. BP is on track to begin producing 250,000 bpd of oil and 200 million cubic feet of gas per day from Thunder Horse. The platform covers the area of three football fields and sleeps 185 workers. The gas-powered generator could power 80,000 homes. The project cost so far has been $3.5 billion. It will collect oil from 25 wells. I am hoping the Thunder Horse project will offset any further news from Russia.

Breakdown trigger: $68. Hit June 4th.

Position: 2010 $70 LEAP Call WAO-AN @ $7.30


PDE $45.74 -.06 Pride International

A new 4-week high on Friday morning and ended the day with a gain. No complaints.

Zacks recently reiterated a buy rating on PDE on Friday based on their $9.4 billion backlog and their emergence as a pure play deepwater driller. They have sold off their non-core assets to leverage the deepwater play. The market is still valuing them as a shallow water jackup play and they are no longer in that sector. They are a strong takeover target given their small size and sector.

Position: Jan 2009 $50 Call PDE-AJ @ $3.70

I went with a Jan call instead of a LEAP because an acquisition would limit LEAP appreciation. I wanted to be close to the current price with a cheap option.


FWLT $72.90 -.67 Foster Wheeler

FWLT has been nothing buy volatile of late with a rebound from $70 to $76 and a decline back to $72 just this week. No specific news.

US Global Investors said FWLT was one of two companies you must have.

Breakout trigger: $71 Hit 5/13

Position: 2010 $80 LEAP Call LWM-AP @ $16.80


CRR $57.53 +1.82 - Carbo Ceramics

No news but the trend is still higher. Resistance at $58 appears likely to crack as long as the market does not kill the momentum. CRR is a major take over target.

Breakout trigger: $48 Hit 5/12

Position: Dec $50 Call CRR-LJ @ $5.80


JEC $87.35 -2.66 Jacobs Engineering

No news but JEC dropped -2.56 on Friday to erase our gain for the week. I suspect it was market related rather than stock specific.

Breakout trigger: $90 Hit May 5th

Position: 2010 $100 LEAP Call WEU-AT @ $16


PBR $65.27 -2.67 Petrobras

No specific news for PBR and the loss but the Latin American markets were all negative for the week on inflation concerns. How a company that is announcing a new discovery nearly every week can decline in a peak oil environment is unknown.

Prior commentary:

Petrobras reportedly made another light oil discovery offshore in block BM-S-9. This is an ultra-deep field like the rest and reportedly it is a large discovery. The government officials continue to get in trouble for spilling confidential data before Petrobras does and that happened again last week. Petrobras said the Tupi field will be operational by 2010 with 100,000 bpd and will be producing 500,000 bpd by 2020. The first actual production test is set for Q1-2009. Lifting costs are expected to be $8.20 per barrel. Tupi reserves are expected to be between 5-8 billion barrels. They have only drilled two wells at Tupi and the first one took 14 months and $240 million. Now they are drilling wells in 2-3 months at $60-$80 million each. Petrobras is going out for bids on the construction of 28 new drilling rigs. They will be Brazilian made and delivered between 2013-2017.

Every dip is a buying opportunity.

Breakout trigger: $125.50 hit 4/28

Position: 2010 $150 LEAP Call YMO-AV @ $22.10


NE $63.97 -1.22 - Noble Corp

No specific news other than the announcement of July 24th as their earnings day. NE closed -$5 off its Thursday high but right on support at $64.

Noble recently won a $4 billion contract to drill for Petrobras off the coast of Brazil. This is a monster payday and just one area of exploration for Noble.

Breakdown trigger $56.00 hit 4/29

Position: 2010 $70 LEAP Call YVJ-AN @ $8.10


NOV $84.49 +1.33 - National Oilwell Varco

NOV continues to consolidate between $80-$86 as we await the news from Saudi Arabia. On the home front any approval to drill off our coasts would be very bullish for NOV. No specific news.

Breakdown trigger: $67 Hit 4/30

Position: NOV $80 Call NOV-KP @ $5.40


FLS $133.33 -1.43 - Flowserve

Flowserve is having trouble breaking the $140 level but hopefully any quarter end window dressing will favor FLS with some cash. I don't want to give back our gains so I raised the stop to $128.

Breakout trigger: $110 Hit 4/16

Position: OCT $120 Call FLS-JD @ $10.40

Non-Energy Positions


Covered LEAP Calls

A reminder: I dropped the AAPL and RIMM positions from the commentary after last week. They were both at max profit and were expected to stay that way until the January LEAP expiration. There was no reason to continue taking up space with them each week. I did not close the position but simply choose not to continually report on a position that has no chance of changing for the next six months.


Leaps Trader Watch List

I hesitate to add new plays when the potential is great that prices will fall over the next couple weeks if the Saudi meeting is successful. However, we should use that as an entry point for new positions.

Dropped Entries
FLR Fluor

New Watch List Entries
GDP Goodrich
HK Petrohawk
CHK Chesapeake Energy

Current Watch List

COP - ConocoPhillips

I raised the trigger again to $90 since that appears to be where it wants to find support.

Company Info:

ConocoPhillips is an international, integrated energy company. It has six operating segments. Exploration and Production segment explores for, produces and markets crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Midstream segment gathers, processes and markets natural gas, and fractionates and markets natural gas liquids, primarily in the United States and Trinidad. Refining and Marketing segment purchases, refines, markets and transports crude oil and petroleum products. LUKOIL Investment segment consists of its equity investment in the ordinary shares of OAO LUKOIL. The Chemicals segment manufactures and markets petrochemicals and plastics on a worldwide basis. Emerging Businesses segment includes the development of new technologies and businesses outside the Companys normal scope of operations. In October 2007, American Electric Power Company, Inc. sold its 50% interest in the Sweeny Cogeneration plant in Texas to ConocoPhillips.

Breakdown trigger: $90

BUY 2010 $100 LEAP Call YRO-AT


SD - Sandridge Energy

I wanted to buy a breakout here but the LEAPS are too expensive and SD is too extended.

CEO Tom Ward, co-founder of Chesapeake with Aubry McClendon bought 230,000 of his own shares at $50 in recent weeks. This kind of confidence gave Sandridge a $5 bounce to a new high. SD announced the prior week that Williams had acquired certain assets for $285 million giving Sandridge additional cash for growth. This company appears to be in high growth mode and I want to own it on a pullback.

Company info:

SandRidge Energy, Inc. (SandRidge) is an independent natural gas and oil company with its principal focus on exploration, development and production activities. The Company also owns and operates drilling rigs and a related oil field services company operating under the name Lariat Services, Inc.; gas gathering, marketing and processing facilities, and, through its wholly owned subsidiary PetroSource Energy Company, carbon dioxide (CO2) treating and transportation facilities and tertiary oil recovery operations. The Company is focused on exploration and exploitation of its significant holdings in West Texas that it refers to as the West Texas Overthrust (WTO), a natural gas prone geological region that includes the Pinon Field, and its South Sabino and Big Canyon prospects. SandRidge operates in four segments: exploration and production, drilling and oil field services, midstream gas services and other.

Breakdown trigger: $60 *** New trigger ***

Buy 2010 $70 LEAP LWE-AN


TRN - Trinity Industries

I know what you are thinking. Why a rail car manufacturer when there are 40,000 cars in storage at present? Because Trinity is rapidly remaking itself into a wind tower company. Last quarter the CEO said his wind business increased 42% and the backlog went from $200 million to $1.6 billion. They have many manufacturing lines and segments and when one is slack it can pick up for the other. I think the wind tower business is going to continue to explode.

Company Info:

Trinity Industries, Inc. (Trinity) is a multi-industry company that owns a range businesses, which provide products and services to the industrial, energy, transportation and construction sectors. Trinity has five business groups: Rail Group, Railcar Leasing and Management Services Group, Construction Products Group, Inland Barge Group and the Energy Equipment Group. The Company manufactures and sells railcars and railcar parts, inland barges, concrete and aggregates, highway products, beams and girders used in highway construction, tank containers, a range of steel parts, and structural wind towers. In addition, it leases railcars to its customers through a captive leasing business, Trinity Industries Leasing Company. In April 2007, its subsidiary, Transit Mix Concrete & Materials Company, acquired a combined group of East Texas asphalt, ready mix concrete and aggregates businesses operating under the name Armor Materials.

Breakout trigger: $41

Buy 2010 $50 LEAP Call YJS-AJ

Breakdown trigger: $35

Buy 2010 $40 LEAP Call YJS-AH


GDP - Goodrich Petroleum

This company is primed to explode. It quietly collected a huge acreage position in the Haynesville Shale natural gas field before it was widely known as a monster discovery. Last Monday Chesapeake agreed to pay Goodrich $178 million for a 50% ownership in a portion of the acreage. Chesapeake is planning on drilling 440 horizontal gas wells on the property. This is a monster win for Goodrich and it has been somewhat of a secret until last Monday.

Company Info:

Goodrich Petroleum Corporation is an independent oil and gas company engaged in the exploration, exploitation, development and production of oil and natural gas properties primarily in the Cotton Valley trend of East Texas and Northwest Louisiana. As of December 31, 2007, the Company owned working interests in 301 active oil and gas wells located in 26 fields in five states. At December 31, 2007, Goodrich had estimated proved reserves of approximately 346.9 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas and 1.8 million barrels (MMBbls) of oil and condensate, or an aggregate of 357.8 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe). On March 20, 2007, the Company completed the sale of substantially all of its assets in South Louisiana to a private company. The remaining fields held for sale are St. Gabriel, Bayou Bouillon and Plumb Bob. During the year ended December 31, 2007, Goodrich acquired drilling and development rights to acreage located in the Angelina River play.

Breakdown trigger: $55

Buy 2010 $70 LEAP Call LP-AN

Breakout trigger: $66

Buy 2010 $80 LEAP Call LP-AP


HK - Petrohawk Energy

Petrohawk has been in the news a lot last week based on their Haynesville Shale acreage. They are making a career out of drilling horizontal wells in the Haynesville.

Company Info:

Petrohawk Energy Corporation (Petrohawk) is an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the acquisition, development, production and exploration of oil and natural gas properties located onshore in North America. The Companys properties are primarily located in the Mid-Continent region, including North Louisiana, the Fayetteville Shale in the Arkoma basin of Arkansas and in the Western region, including the Permian Basin of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. At December 31, 2007, the Companys estimated total proved oil and natural gas reserves were approximately 1,062 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent, consisting of 18 million barrels of oil, and 955 billion cubic feet of natural gas and natural gas liquids.

Breakout trigger: $40.75

Buy DEC $50 Call HK-LJ

Breakdown trigger: $36

Buy DEC $45 Call HK-LI


CHK - Chesapeake Energy

This is another stock that refuses to pull back but the news is too good to let it continue to run away from us. As I mentioned in the GDP lead CHK paid $178 million to Goodrich for a 50% working interest in some Haynesville Shale acreage. As I read further CHK said the Haynesville Shale could end up being the biggest asset they own and produce more gas than any other CHK property. That is a huge statement given CHK's massive footprint in places like the Barnett Shale in the DFW area. Encana (ECA) is the largest gas producer in North America and they said the Haynesville Shale could be the biggest deposit in North America.

Company info:

Chesapeake Energy Corporation is a producer of natural gas in the United States (first among independents). It owns interests in approximately 38,500 producing oil and natural gas wells that are producing approximately 2.2 billion cubic feet equivalent (bcfe), per day, 92% of which is natural gas. Its operations are located in the Mid-Continent region, which includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, southwestern Kansas and the Texas Panhandle; the Forth Worth Basin in north-central Texas; the Appalachian Basin, principally in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, eastern Ohio and southern New York; the Permian and Delaware Basins of West Texas and eastern New Mexico; the Ark-La-Tex area of East Texas and northern Louisiana, and the South Texas and Texas Gulf Coast regions. In July 2007, the Company announced the acquisition of Kerr-McGee Tower from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and subsequent sale of the tower to SandRidge Energy, Inc.

Breakout trigger: $67

Buy 2010 $80 LEAP Call WZY-AP

Breakdown trigger: $60

Buy 2010 $70 LEAP Call WZY-AN


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