We are recommending the following credit spreads to start the March 2014 expiration cycle.
We are recommending credit spreads for our Portfolio #1 in
the following issues.
T - AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Wireless, Wireline, and Other. The Wireless segment offers various wireless voice and data communication services, including local wireless communications services, long-distance services, and roaming services. It also sells various handsets, wirelessly enabled computers, and personal computer wireless data cards through its owned stores, agents, or third-party retail stores; and accessories comprising carrying cases, hands-free devices, batteries, battery chargers, and other items to consumers, as well as to agents and third-party distributors. The Wireline segment provides data services, such as switched and dedicated transport, Internet access and network integration, U-verse services, and data equipment; businesses voice applications over IP-based networks; and digital subscriber lines, dial-up Internet access, private lines, managed Web-hosting services, packet services, enterprise networking services, and Wi-Fi services, as well as local, interstate, and international wholesale networking capacity to other service providers. This segment also offers voice services consisting of local and long-distance services for various business applications, which include sales, reservation centers, or customer service centers; and wholesale switched access service to other service providers. The Other segment provides application management, security services, integration services, customer premises equipment, outsourcing, government-related services, and satellite video services. The company was formerly known as SBC Communications Inc. and changed its name to AT&T Inc. in November 2005. AT&T, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is based in Dallas, Texas.
YHOO - Yahoo! Inc., a technology company, provides search, content, and communication tools on the Web and on mobile devices worldwide. It operates Yahoo.com that offers Yahoo! Search, which provides users with a free search capability; Yahoo! News that provides news via text, photos, and video; and Yahoo! Sports, which offers fantasy sports, editorial reporting, real-time scores, statistics and breaking news, and global sports events and premium college sports coverage. The company?s Yahoo.com also provides Yahoo! Finance that offers a set of financial data, information, and tools for users to make financial decisions; Yahoo! Entertainment and Lifestyles, which is a collection of properties focused on trends and information in culture, women?s issues, and media; Yahoo! Video that provides news, finance, sports, entertainment, and lifestyle video content; and Yahoo! Toolbar, a Web browser add-on. It also provides communications tools, including Yahoo! Mail that provides users with e-mail, instant messaging, and mobile text messaging, as well as integrated contacts and calendar functionality; and Yahoo! Messenger, an instant messaging service. In addition, the company offers mobile and emerging products, including IntoNow from Yahoo! for watching TV; and Yahoo! Connected TV, a software platform that provides interactive television, as well as provides user-generated content products, such as Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Answers, and Flickr that allow users to create, share, and discover ideas, interests, and photography. Further, it offers a range of marketing services, such as display advertising, search advertising, listing-based services, and commerce-based transactions to advertisers; and APIs, such as Yahoo! Developer Network, Cocktails, Yahoo! Query Language, Yahoo! User Interface, Search BOSS, and Yahoo! Flickr API for third-party developers, advertisers, agencies, publishers, and designers. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
HIG - The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and financial services to individual and business customers primarily in the United States and Japan. The company?s Property & Casualty Commercial segment offers workers? compensation, property, automobile, marine, livestock, liability, and umbrella coverages, as well as customized insurance products and risk management services, including professional liability, fidelity, surety, and specialty casualty coverages. Its Consumer Markets segment provides standard automobile, homeowners, and home-based business coverages to individuals; and operates a member contact center for health insurance products that are offered through the AARP Health program. The company?s Group Benefits segment offers group life, accident and disability coverage, group retiree health, and voluntary benefits to individual members of employer groups, associations, affinity groups, and financial institutions. The company?s Mutual Funds segment provides mutual funds for retail accounts, such as retirement plans and 529 college savings plans; and investment-management and administrative services comprising product design, implementation, and oversight. The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. was founded in 1810 and is headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut.
TXT - Textron Inc. operates in the aircraft, defense, industrial, and finance businesses worldwide. It operates through five segments: Cessna, Bell, Textron Systems, Industrial, and Finance. The Cessna segment manufactures business jets, single-engine utility turboprops, and single-engine piston aircraft, as well as parts, maintenance, inspection, and repair services. The Bell segment manufactures and supplies military and commercial helicopters, tiltrotor aircraft, and related spare parts and services. The Textron Systems segment produces unmanned aircraft systems; armored vehicles, turrets and related subsystems, and marine craft; smart weapons, and airborne and ground-based sensors and surveillance systems, and protection systems; test equipment and electronic warfare test, and training solutions; piston aircraft engines; and intelligence software solutions. This segment also designs, develops, installs, and provides maintenance of advanced full flight simulators; and supports aviation training products and related services. The Industrial segment offers blow-molded plastic fuel systems, windshield and headlamp washer systems, engine camshafts, catalytic reduction systems, and other parts, as well as plastic bottles and containers; golf cars and professional turf-maintenance equipment, as well as off-road, utility, light transportation, and specialized turf-care vehicles to golf courses and resort, government agencies, municipalities, commercial, and industrial users; and powered equipment, electrical test and measurement instruments, mechanical and hydraulic tools, cable connectors, and fiber optic assemblies primarily used in the construction, maintenance, telecommunications, data communications, utility, and plumbing industries. The Finance segment provides commercial loans and leases for aircraft and helicopters. Textron Inc. was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Providence, the Rhode Island.
Call credit spreads = Bearish Call spreads.
Put credit spreads = Bullish put spreads.
We are recommending the following credit spreads to the March 2014 expiration cycle.
We are recommending credit spreads for our Portfolio #2 in
the following issues.
URI - United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It operates in two segments, General Rentals; and Trench Safety, Power and HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning). The company offers approximately 3,100 classes of equipment for rent to construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, government entities, and other customers. Its fleet of rental equipment includes general construction and industrial equipment, such as backhoes, skid-steer loaders, forklifts, earthmoving equipment, and material handling equipment; aerial work platforms consisting of boom lifts and scissor lifts; and general tools and light equipment, including pressure washers, water pumps, and power tools. Its fleet also comprises trench safety equipment, such as trench shields, aluminum hydraulic shoring systems, slide rails, crossing plates, construction lasers, and line testing equipment for underground work; and power and HVAC equipment, which consists of portable diesel generators, electrical distribution equipment, and temperature control equipment, including heating and cooling equipment. In addition, the company sells new and used equipment; related contractor supplies, including construction consumables, tools, small equipment, and safety supplies; and related parts for equipment, as well as offers repair, maintenance, and rental protection services. As of January 1, 2014, it operated 832 rental locations in the United States and Canada. United Rentals, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.
DIS - The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive. The Media Networks segment operates broadcast and cable television networks, domestic television stations, and radio networks and stations; and is involved in the television production and television distribution operations. Its cable networks include ESPN, Disney Channels Worldwide, ABC Family, and SOAPnet, as well as UTV/Bindass. This segment owns eight domestic television stations. The Parks and Resorts segment owns and operates the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida that includes theme parks; hotels; vacation club properties; a retail, dining, and entertainment complex; a sports complex; conference centers; campgrounds; golf courses; water parks; and other recreational facilities. This segment also operates Disneyland Resort in California; Disney Resort& Spa in Hawaii; Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney; and Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and Shanghai Disney Resort, as well as licenses the operations of Tokyo Disneyland Resort. The Studio Entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings, and live stage plays. The Consumer Products segment licenses trade names, characters, and visual and literary properties to retailers, show promoters, and publishers; publishes entertainment and educational books, magazines, comic books; and operates English language learning centers. This segment is involved in the retail and online distribution of products through the Disney Store and DisneyStore.com. The Interactive segment creates and delivers entertainment and lifestyle content across interactive media platforms. The company was founded in 1923 and is based in Burbank, California.
GILD - Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes human therapeutics for the treatment of life threatening diseases in North America, Europe, and Asia. Its products include Stribild, Complera/Eviplera, Atripla, Truvada, Viread, and Emtriva for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in adults; and Viread and Hepsera products for the treatment of liver disease. The company also offers Letairis, an endothelin receptor antagonist for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension; Ranexa, a tablet used for the treatment of chronic angina; Lexiscan/Rapiscan injection for use as a pharmacologic stress agent in radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging; Cayston, an inhaled antibiotic for the treatment of respiratory systems in cystic fibrosis patients; and Tamiflu, an oral antiviral capsule for the treatment and prevention of influenza A and B. In addition, it provides other products, such as AmBisome, an antifungal agent to treat serious invasive fungal infections; Vistide, an antiviral injection for the treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis in patients with AIDS; and Macugen, an anti-angiogenic oligonucleotide to treat neovascular macular degeneration. Further, it has product candidates in various stages for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, and oncology diseases/inflammation. The company markets its products through its commercial teams and/or in conjunction with third-party distributors and corporate partners. Gilead Sciences, Inc. has collaborations with BMS, GSK, Janssen, and Japan Tobacco to develop and commercialize various products. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Foster City, California.
AXP - American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. The company?s product portfolio consists of charge and credit card products; expense management products and services; consumer and business travel services; stored value products, including travelers cheques and other prepaid products; network services; merchant acquisition and processing, and servicing and settlement, as well as point-of-sale, marketing, and information products and services for merchants; and fee services comprising fraud prevention services, and the design of customer loyalty and rewards programs. It also publishes luxury lifestyle magazines under the Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Departures, and Executive Travel brand names; travel, cooking, wine, time management, and financial books and products; international editions of its titles; digital and mobile content; luxury-marketing events; and custom print and online programs for clients. The company sells its products and services to consumers, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and large corporations through direct mail, online applications, in-house and third-party sales forces, and direct response advertising. American Express Company was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
Put credit spreads = Bullish put spreads.
We are recommending credit spreads for March 2014 in the following positions
for Portfolio #3:
NUAN - Nuance Communications, Inc. provides voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers worldwide. It provides hosted and on-premise solutions services and services that support the clinical documentation through platforms to generate and distribute through the use of dictation and transcription features; clinical documentation improvement programs; and speech recognition solutions for radiology, cardiology, pathology, and related specialties enabling healthcare providers to dictate, edit, and sign reports without manual transcription. The company also offers mobile and consumer solutions comprising voice control and text-to-speech solutions; dictation applications; predictive text technologies; mobile messaging services; and dictation, Web search, and voicemail-to-text services for use in phones, cars, tablets, desktop and portable computers, personal navigation devices, and other consumer electronics. In addition, it provides customer service business intelligence and authentication solutions, such as speech recognition, natural language understanding, text-to-speech, voice biometrics, and virtual assistants and analytics for the telecommunications, financial services, travel, entertainment, and government sectors to support, understand, and communicate with customers. Further, the company offers document imaging, print management, and PDF solutions to printer manufacturers, home offices, small businesses, and enterprise customers; and software development toolkits to independent software vendors, as well as licenses its software to printer manufacturers. Nuance Communications, Inc. markets and sells its products through direct sales force and a network of resellers, and its e-commerce Website. The company was formerly known as ScanSoft, Inc. and changed its name to Nuance Communications, Inc. in October 2005. Nuance Communications, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts.
CRUS - Cirrus Logic, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, develops analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) for a range of consumer and industrial markets. The company offers audio products, including analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), digital-to-analog converters (DACs), codecs, digital interface ICs, volume controls, adaptive noise cancelling circuits, and amplifiers, as well as audio digital signal processors. Its audio products are used in various consumer applications comprising portable media players, smartphones, tablet computers, laptops, audio/video receivers, Blu-ray disc players, home theater systems, set-top boxes, gaming devices, digital camcorders, and digital televisions. The company also provides energy products, which include LED driver ICs, power factor correction ICs, ADCs, and DACs for use in energy-related applications, such as LED retrofit lamps, digital utility meters, power supplies, and energy exploration. Cirrus Logic, Inc. sells its products through direct sales force, external sales representatives, and distributors. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
TCK - Teck Resources Limited engages in exploring for, acquiring, developing, and producing natural resources in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Africa. Its principal products include copper, including copper concentrates and cathode copper; steelmaking coal; and zinc, which comprise refined zinc and zinc concentrates. The company also produces lead, molybdenum, silver, and specialty and other metals; chemicals and fertilizers; and germanium dioxide, indium, cadmium, copper compounds as metal co-products, and sulphur products. In addition, it holds interest in oil sands projects in the Athabasca region of Alberta; and explores for copper, zinc, and gold. The company owns or has interests in 13 mines in Canada, the United States, Chile, and Peru, as well as 1 metallurgical complex in Canada. Its mining and minerals processing activities include research, exploration, development, smelting, refining, safety, environmental protection, product stewardship, and recycling. Teck Resources Limited has a strategic alliance with Erdene Resource Development Corp. The company was formerly known as Teck Cominco Limited and changed its name to Teck Resources Limited in April 2009. Teck Resources Limited was founded in 1906 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
JCP - J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., operates department stores. It sells family apparel and footwear, accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, beauty products, and home furnishings. The company also provides various services, such as styling salon, optical, portrait photography, and custom decorating. As of January 20, 2014, it operated 1,100 stores. The company also sells its products through its Internet Website, jcp.com. J. C. Penney Company, Inc. was founded in 1902 and is based in Plano, Texas.
We are recommending the following specific credit spreads.
Call credit spreads = Bearish Call spreads.