• The Big Bet That Could Propel Casino Stocks Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 12:15 PM ET
    The MGM Macau casino resort, in Macau, China.

    Casino stocks are having a terrific week—and it has nothing to do with Las Vegas. In fact, it has everything to do with the coastal Chinese city of Macau.

  • The Big Bet on a Facebook Face-Plant Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | 4:31 PM ET

    One options trader placed a bearish bet that Facebook stock will be 6.5 percent lower at May expiration.

  • No Higher Dell Deal Coming, Say Options Traders Monday, 25 Mar 2013 | 11:35 AM ET

    If Dell's board considers buyout offers from Blackstone Group or Carl Icahn superior to Michael Dell's offer, some think Dell could up his price. However, options traders aren't buying it.

  • Options Action: The Dell Deal Fair?   Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | 4:54 PM ET
    Options Action: The Dell Deal Fair?

    Competitors have until midnight tonight to submit higher bids for Dell. Brian Stutland of Stutland Volatility Group, and Crawford Del Prete, IDC, weigh in on what shareholders think.

  • Nike Scores Big – Without Assist From China Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | 2:16 PM ET

    Now investors often treat Nike as a proxy for China growth. So are these numbers telling us that the China story isn't as bad as everyone seems to think?

  • Unusual Activity in Apple Options   Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | 12:51 PM ET
    Unusual Activity in Apple Options

    Halftime gives you the trade on the stocks you asked about, including unusual activity in Apple options.

  • It was bad day for the global growth story on Wednesday,, but don't tell that to the stock market. The S&P 500 enjoyed a splendid day, despite two pieces of evidence that international business conditions are in serious trouble.

  • Big Trader Bets on a Fear Surge Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 2:51 PM ET

    The VIX dropped dramatically Wednesday morning, as fears over Cyprus's financial crisis dissipated. A lower VIX means that the cost of protection, or portfolio insurance, has gone down—and that spurred one option trader to buy some.

  • Traders Fill Up on This Oil Giant Tuesday, 19 Mar 2013 | 4:49 PM ET

    For a long time, the trade has been to buy oil refiners and sell big oil. Now it looks like that trade could flip.

  • Cyprus and What It Means for the VIX Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | 1:04 PM ET
    Central Bank of Cyprus

    The VIX surged about 20 percent Monday on the open of U.S. markets. Clearly, the news of Cyprus's proposed bank deposit tax is leading to expectations that volatility will return to the market.

  • Gold Up on Euro Concerns   Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | 12:41 PM ET
    Gold Up on Euro Concerns

    Gold rises on fresh concerns about Cyprus, with the FMHR team. Meanwhile the NYSE launches mini-options trading, with CNBC's Bob Pisani.

  • Options: Hop Aboard Carnival Shares?   Friday, 15 Mar 2013 | 4:50 PM ET
    Options: Hop Aboard Carnival Shares?

    Brian Stutland, Stutland Volatility Group, and Steve Cortes, Veracruz LLC, assess whether it's high time to hop aboard carnival shares.

  • One Options Trader Bets Walgreen Will See Red Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 3:16 PM ET

    Sometimes, when a stock surges on an analyst upgrade, it's high time to make a bearish bet. That's exactly what one big options trader did on Walgreen.

  • Options Traders See Good News Ahead for News Corp. Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | 1:42 PM ET

    Rupert Murdoch is breaking up News Corp., and options traders seem to think that it could be very good news for the stock.

  • Diamond Foods: Takeout in Aisle Three? Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | 1:26 PM ET

    Diamond Foods' poor performance after reporting earnings may be just one more reason why a takeout of the company could be around the corner.

  • Money In Motion: Italian Worries Drop Euro   Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | 10:23 AM ET
    Money In Motion: Italian Worries Drop Euro

    A currency play on the euro against the U.S. Dollar on the heels of a weak Italian bond auction, with Andrew Busch, AndrewBusch.com publisher

  • Options Trader Bets Zynga Will Zing Higher Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | 2:31 PM ET

    One options trader placed a bullish bet that Zynga shares would increase 21 percent at April expiration.

  • Is Navistar Shining Too Bright? Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 4:08 PM ET
    International Terrastar

    Last week, Navistar shares surged 46 percent, but while Wall Street has been bullish, options trading has been less optimistic.

  • Monday Morning Market Preview   Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 6:32 AM ET
    Monday Morning Market Preview

    Scott Bauer, Trading Advantage, and Mark Vitner, Wells Fargo Securities, discuss how investors can protect themselves if there's a pullback in the markets.

  • One options trader has made a bet that the S&P 500 will make all-time highs by April expiration.