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CME Bull Put Spreads Strategy – Returned +10.5% in Mar. 07

In article, “CME Buying CBOT”, we analyzed Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s (CME) purchase of CBOT (BOT), and in article, “CME Bull Put Spreads Strategy – Returned +7.5% in Feb. 07”, we illustrated the profit potential of a bull put spreads strategy for CME and we selected positions for options expiration in March of 2007, which returned a very nice +10.5% in 22 days.

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Rowan Companies (RDC) Oil and Gas Drilling – Covered Calls

Many Oil and Gas companies have looked attractive to investors for the last few months. Many have said the scarcity of the resource and the price insensitive demand will ensure profits well over the horizon. Audio Podcast: An audio podcast of this article is available at: poweropt.com/podcasts/2007_03_22_RDC.mp3 Rowan Companies (RDC) provides a range of onshore and offshore contract drilling services in the United States and internationally. This stock is down substantially this year. The company significantly increased their capital expenditures last year ($200M in 2005 to nearly $500M in 2006). Another telling factor is their Net Income, less than zero three years ago, increased 50% in 2006 to over $300M.

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Making Money on Credit Returns +3.5% in Mar. 07

In article, “Visa – Plastic Money – IPO”, we analyzed the credit card industry and illustrated how profitable a covered call strategy for credit card companies can be. Signup now for PowerOptions free 14-day trial In article, “Making Money on Credit Returns +4.8% in Jan. 07”, we selected a covered calls position for MasterCard (MA) for March stock options expiration and the position was fully profitable returning +3.5% in only 22 days!

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Looking to Small Cap for Potential Profits

With analysts predicting the Feds will not cut interest rates because of inflation woes and Alan Greenspan saying publicly there is a 33% chance of recession, it leaves little for investors to be optimistic about. Noting this, we will take a look at promising small cap covered call option opportunities.

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China – Hot, Cold or Lukewarm – Covered Calls

In recent articles, we’ve examined several of the world economies. In this article, we will examine the economy of China. China is the world’s fourth largest economy after the United States, Japan and Germany. China’s economy has grown phenomenally at a rate of over 10% over the last four years. China is the most populous nation on earth with 1/5 of the world’s population.

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Two Exchanges May Enter Bidding War to Acquire the Chicago Board of Trade

IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) raises the stakes as it placed a competing $9.9 Billion bid for the Chicago Board of Trade (BOT). The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) had been talking of a merger since last October. The CME was prepared to pay $8.96 billion for CBOT.

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Germany – As Far As East Is From West – Covered Calls

In recent articles, we have focused on Japan, “Land of the Rising Sun is Looking Up”, and on Mexico, “Cure for Montezuma’s Revenge – Covered Calls”, and today we will examine Germany. Signup now for PowerOptions free 14-day trial Germany has the third largest economy in the world after the United States and Japan. After World War II, Germany was split into the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany). In 1990, the two countries were reunited into one country.

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Sub-Prime Lender Fire Sale: IndyMac (NDE) and (LEND)

Goldman Sachs has stated it believes it can get fire sale prices on companies in the subprime-lending market. The investment firm earned higher than expected first-quarter profits and expects to keep generating them by buying companies it feels are a good investment.

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Cure for Montezuma’s Revenge – Covered Calls

Experienced travelers to Mexico know, “don’t drink the local water and don’t eat uncooked food washed with the local water”, or Montezuma will take his revenge once again. But what about investing in Mexican companies, is this to be avoided as well?

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From Russia with Profits – Covered Calls

In the James Bond movie From Russia with Love a Soviet defector plans to sell the evil SPECTRE organization a decoder device allowing them to acquire Russian state secrets and the ability to destabilize the world order. But in the end James Bond prevails and the world is saved from catastrophe. After the collapse of the iron curtain and the breakup of the Soviet Union, the world order truly was destabilized with the Russian economy left in shambles. But the Russian economy is starting to gain some traction as denoted in a recent Wall Street Journal article (online.wsj.com).