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Here is a Bull Put Spread (Linn Energy:LINE) a Credit Spread:

Sell October 2009 $20 Put on LINE (QGJVD) for     $2.05

Buy October 2009 $17.50 Put on LINE for                 $0.95

Net                         +$1.10 (less trading costs)

Max. Gain               $1.10 (less trading costs)

Max. Loss               $1.40 (+ trading costs)

Linn Energy is trading for $19.66 at the close of trading today June 15, 2009.

If Linn Energy is trading for $20.00 or more on October 17, 2009 both puts will expire worthless, we get to keep the $1.10 (less trading costs) premium.  If Linn Energy is trading for less than $17.50 we will suffer the maximum loss.  In between $17.50 and $20.00 we will have to make a calculation for the gain or loss.  I feel this is a great trade because Linn Energy is paying a +12% dividend and their earnings should be very solid as they have hedged their product for the next three years, at favorable prices.  I do not believe that Linn Energy will decline from here.

We are risking $1.40 (+ trading costs) and the return that I am looking for is about 78% in 4 months or 235% APR.

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