Even though the residential housing industry is in the dumps, the commercial/industrial construction business is on fire. The world economy is booming with developing and transitioning economies turning in GDP’s in the 5% to 6% range. Infrastructures like roads/highways, water, electric power generation/transmission, waste treatment, etc. have to be built in order to support the burgeoning growth of developing and transitioning economies.
In article, “CME Buying CBOT”, we analyzed Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s (CME) purchase of CBOT (BOT) with an eye for a bullish strategy for CME. We continued the CME bull put credit spreads saga and for the month of June, the strategy returned a very nice +11.1% return. This strategy has returned over 63% in only seven months. The bidding war between CME and ICE for CBOT appears to be about over, as ICE has decided not to up the ante. Even if for some reason the CME/CBOT merger does not come to fruition, CME is looking bullish and using PowerOptions powerful stock options tools to search for potential candidates returned the following bull-put credit spreads stock options position:
Today on the PowerOptions blog, we will take a look at four promising companies from Warren Buffet’s stock portfolio. Buffet is known for his value hunting and his patient and long view style. In 1997, he penned the line, “Lethargy bordering on sloth remains the cornerstone of our investment style: This year we neither bought nor sold a share of five of our six major holdings.”
Advanced Medical Optics (EYE) has offered to take over Bausch & Lomb (BOL) for a cool $4.1 billion. This offer brings into question the $3.7 billion Warburg Pincus deal currently on the table. Warburg Pincus is a private equity firm.