This article is a continuation of the series in the examination of the world’s economies, and in this article we will consider France. France has the sixth largest economy after the United States, Japan, Germany, China and the United Kingdom. France is the most popular tourist destination in the world with over 75 million visitors each year. The second and third most popular tourist destinations, Spain and the United States, are not even close with around 50 million visitors each year.
The government of France was a monarchy for many years and the monarchy form of government was interrupted briefly by the French Revolution in 1789 and then the rise of Napoleon to power. After Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo, France returned to a monarchy form of government. But in the intervening years, France has transitioned itself into a democratic form of government.
The population of France is highly diverse with a large percentage of its citizens having immigrated from all over the world.
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France has one of the best health care systems in the world and generates the majority of its electricity from nuclear power.
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France has a history of having one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe and its GDP growth over the last few years has been very anemic. The economy of France has some real positives, but until its unemployment rate and GDP growth rate are significantly improved, its economy will have mediocre performance. However, with the covered calls stock options investment strategy, investors can potentially generate income even when a country’s economy is not so hot.
Some French companies with optionable stocks are shown below.
|French Companies with Optionable Stocks|
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|ALU||11.95 (+0.02)||ALUEV||07 MAY 12.5 (52)||0.30||2.5||2.6||7.3|
|BOBJ||36.15 (-0.40)||BBQGH||07 JUL 40.0 (115)||1.15||3.2||3.3||14.3|
|FLML||26.08 (unch.)||FLUEF||07 MAY 30.0 (52)||0.80||3.1||3.2||18.7|
|SNY||42.85 (-0.27)||SNYFI||07 JUN 45.0 (80)||0.95||2.2||2.3||7.4|
|TOT||69.74 (+0.94)||TOTEN||07 MAY 70.0 (52)||1.75||2.5||2.6||3.0|
A variety of covered calls stock options positions with a variety of expiration dates were found for French companies with % if unchanged potential returns ranging from 2.3% to 3.3% and with downside protections ranging from 2.2% to 3.2%. The downside protection for a covered calls position indicates the percentage a stock’s price may decrease and still remain profitable.
For the positions found, the % if assigned potential returns have a range of 3% to 7.3% and require the price of the stock to increase to or above the strike price of the call option in order to realize the maximum return.
Competitors for ALU include: LM Ericsson Telephone Co. (ERIC), Motorola Inc. (MOT), and Siemens AG (SI).
Competitors for BOBJ include: Cognos Inc. (COGN), Hyperion Solutions Corp. (HYSL), MicroStrategy Inc. (MSTR), and Actuate Corp. (ACTU).
Competitors for FLML include: AP Pharma Inc. (APPA), Emisphere Technologies Inc. (EMIS), and ALZA Corporation (private).
Competitors for SNY include: Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY), Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK), Pfizer Inc. (PFE), Abbott Labs (ABT), Amylin Pharma. Inc. (AMLN), Arena Pharma. Inc. (ARNA), Bioenvision Inc. (BIVN), Encysive Pharmas. Inc. (ENCY), GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK), Immtech International Inc. (IMM), Momenta Pharmas. Inc. (MNTA), Neurocrine Bios (NBIX), OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OSIP), Pharmion Corp. (PHRM), Schering-Plough Corp. (SGP), Sonus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SNUS), and Vical Inc. (VICL).
Competitors for TOT include: BP plc (BP), Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), Repsol S.A. ADS (REP), Statoil ASA (STO), and Transmeridian Exploration Inc. (TMY).
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