Below is a list of potential calendar call spreads for further evaluation. There is an option to purchase shown in the buy side column. These options are the January 2012 call options. The sell side column shows the option to sell in the August 2011 listing for each stock. All other metrics are based on the previous closing price and current option pricing. These will change depending on the market prices of each stock. You should watch for earnings releases and actively manage these trades.
Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) is a manufacturer and marketer of commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene and polypropylene plastics and a range of specialty products. It also has interests in electric power generation facilities. It has many divisions and hundreds of affiliates with names that include ExxonMobil, Exxon, Esso or Mobil. Divisions and affiliated companies of ExxonMobil operate or market products in the United States and other countries of the world. Their principal business is energy, involving exploration for, and production of, crude oil and natural gas, manufacture of petroleum products and transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products. On June 25, 2010, it acquired XTO Energy Inc. by merging a wholly owned subsidiary of ExxonMobil with and into XTO. In October 2010, Global Partners LP acquired retail gasoline stations from Exxon Mobil. In June 2011, the Company acquired Phillips Resources.
Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) is a holding company. PMI, through its subsidiaries and affiliates and their licensees, is engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside of the United States of America. As of December 31, 2010, its products were sold in approximately 180 countries. Its portfolio comprises both international and local brands, which include Marlboro, Merit, Parliament, Virginia Slims, L&M, Chesterfield, Bond Street, Lark, Muratti, Next, Philip Morris and Red & White. PMI also owns a number of local brands, such as Sampoerna A, Dji Sam Soe and Sampoerna Hijau in Indonesia, Fortune, Champion and Hope in the Philippines, Diana in Italy, Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia, Morven Gold in Pakistan, Boston in Colombia, Belmont, Canadian Classics and Number 7 in Canada, Best and Classic in Serbia, f6 in Germany, Delicados in Mexico, Assos in Greece and Petra in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
General Motors Company (GM) is a global automotive company. It develops, produces and markets cars, trucks and parts worldwide. GM also provides automotive financing services through General Motors Financial Company, Inc. (GM Financial), formerly AmeriCredit Corp. (AmeriCredit). These financing operations consist principally of financing automobile purchases and leases for retail customers. The Company operates in five segments: GM North America (GMNA), GM Europe (GME), GM International Operations (GMIO), GM South America (GMSA) and GM Financial. GM Financial is an automotive finance company. GM Financial purchases automobile finance contracts for new and used vehicles purchased by consumers primarily from franchised and select independent dealerships. On October 1, 2010, GM completed the acquisition of GM Financial. In February 2010, GM completed the sale of Saab Automobile AB (Saab). In May 2010, the Company completed the sale of Saab Automobile GB (Saab GB).
Oracle Corporation (ORCL) is an enterprise software company. The Company develops, manufactures, markets, distributes and services database and middleware software, applications software and hardware systems, consisting primarily of computer server and storage products. It operates in three segments: software, hardware systems and services. Its software business is consisted of two operating segments: new software licenses and software license updates and product support. Its hardware systems business consists of two operating segments: hardware systems products and hardware systems support. Its services business is consisted of three operating segments: consulting, On Demand and education. In January 2010, the Company acquired Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Silver Creek Systems, Inc. In January 2011, the Company completed the acquisition of Art Technology Group (ATG), Inc.
General Mills, Inc. (GIS) is a global manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods sold through retail stores. The Company is also a supplier of food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. General Mills manufactures its products in 15 countries and markets them in more than 100 countries. The Company’s joint ventures manufacture and market products in more than 130 countries and republics worldwide. The Company’s businesses are organized into three operating segments: U.S. Retail, International, and Bakeries and Foodservice. The Company sells ready-to-eat cereals, through its Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) joint venture. The Company’s primary customers include grocery stores, mass merchandisers, membership stores, natural food chains, drug, dollar and discount chains, commercial and noncommercial foodservice distributors and operators, restaurants and convenience stores. In July 2011, it acquired 51% controlling interest in Yoplait S.A.S.