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  • Gold ETF Options Go Crazy Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | 6:08 PM ET

    Options traders are snapping up calls in the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF, which rose more than 5 percent Thursday. A wave of buyers swept in to purchase the GDX March 34 calls this morning, when the exchange traded fund briefly slipped in price. More than 5,000 contracts were bought for $3.20 on three exchanges — all at the same second.

  • Options Traders Target Netflix Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | 4:00 PM ET

    Netflix is seeing heavy options activity Thursday as its shares continue to rise, up nearly 3 percent on a day when the broader markets are selling off. ...The short interest is high (about 28 percent) and the squeeze has likely exaggerated the move...

  • Jack Welch Likes Obama, GE and The Second Half Recovery Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | 1:58 PM ET

    Jack Welch, former charman and chief executive of General Electric, gave CNBC his outlook on the economy, U.S. innovation and current GE leadership.

  • Health Net Options, Shares: Why Are They Moving? Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | 12:48 PM ET

    Health services firm Health Net has been rising for the last month and is up another 6 percent Wednesday amid heavy options volume. In the first 90 minutes of the session alone, HNT contracts had already traded more than seven times the 20-day average. Find out what it means.

  • Zimmer Options Heat Up Ahead of Earnings Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | 12:22 PM ET

    Surgical implant company Zimmer Holdings is seeing significant options activity, ahead of its earnings report before the opening bell Thursday.

  • Casino-Resort Shares, Options Boil on Takeover Talk Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009 | 2:17 PM ET

    Starwood Hotels and Resorts is seeing some unusual options activity Tuesday, as the chain once again finds itself the subject of takeover rumors. Today's options action in HOT centers on the February 20 strike. ...The stock went as high as $16.75 as those rumors circulated this morning.

  • Stock Picks: Infrastructure Excitement Is Building Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009 | 11:31 AM ET

    Infrastructure: Could it be the magic word for a stock-market investor? Jack Kasprzak of BB&T Capital Markets is keeping his eye on President Obama's plans to pump money into major construction projects — and the potential effects on some well-positioned smaller companies.

  • Trader Strategy: Buy Bounce in 'Ultra' Financial ETF Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009 | 10:29 AM ET

    Options traders are making large bets in highly leveraged financial plays. The ProShares Ultra Financials ETF aims to produce twice the daily returns of the Dow Jones Financial Index — but instead, the ETF has plummeted from over $40 a year ago because of its high leverage. How are options traders playing it?

  • As the price of gold breaks through $900 an ounce Monday, the GLD exchange traded fund appears to have cooled a bit — but is still seeing options action. Here's the breakdown for investors.

  • Qualcomm hasn't been able to break higher, and now traders are using options to play the downside. QCOM stock is down 1.2 percent Monday to $36.14 as of this writing. Here's the big trade of the day...

  • Stock Picks for the '3,000 Points' Rally Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | 4:25 PM ET

    Gerald Jordan of the Jordan Opportunity Fund sees a big rally coming, probably in the second quarter, and he believes investors should get back into stocks to get ready for it.  "I think the next two to three thousand points in the Dow are going to be higher, not lower, and that's what we're invested for," he told CNBC.

  • CAT Shares, Options: Master Trader's Strategy Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | 10:53 AM ET

    Caterpillar posted fourth-quarter profit of $661 million, or $1.08 per share Monday morning, compared to $975 million or $1.50 per share in the prior year period. CAT, which also says it is will offer buyouts to 25,000 employees, dropped more than 8 percent five minutes after the open. Here's how I'm playing it!

  • Options Traders' Darling: Chip Equipment Shares Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 2:31 PM ET

    Chip equipment maker Teradyne has been pummeled along with the rest of the semiconductor industry, but is trading more than 7 percent higher today — and is attracting options players as the company approaches its earnings report next week.

  • Options Show Genworth Financial Has a Pulse Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 1:57 PM ET

    Shares of Genworth Financial have been beaten senseless, down more than 90 percent from their 52-week high, but options activity shows that the stock still has a pulse.

  • Gold: How Bullish Options Traders Are Playing Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 12:41 PM ET

    As the markets fall across the board Friday, gold ETFs are seeing bullish options activity after rising steadily over the last week. Which ones are leading?

  • Health Care Stocks To Heal Your Portfolio Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 12:05 PM ET

    At the end of a short but turbulent week that included the official start of the Barack Obama administration, Alan Valdes of Hilliard Lyons offered some stock suggestions inspired by the new president and his policies. "We like his health care plan," Valdes told CNBC. 

  • UltraShort Shares, Options Heating Up Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 5:18 PM ET

    As the market sees broad declines, one of the UltraShort ETFs is trading higher. The ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (TBT) has been rising steadily since hitting a bottom of $36 in December, up some 3 percent this afternoon to about $44.

  • Options Trades: Bad Omen for Oil & Gas Co.? Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 1:43 PM ET

    Chesapeake Energy is seeing heavy options activity Thursday, as rising oil supplies weigh heavily on the energy sector. CHK has been trading between $14 and $19 for the last two months, but today's options action indicates that we could see it fall below that range in the short term...

  • Bank Stocks: Four Strong Picks (Believe it or Not) Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 11:43 AM ET

    Anton Schutz thinks banks have been getting a bad rap. "We think that this group has been so battered, if you look at the technical indications, coming out of earnings reports every one of the last five quarters, you've seen this group bounce dramatically," the portfolio manager for Mendon Capital and Burnham Asset Management told CNBC.

  • Dow Gains 3.5% as Bank Stocks Bounce Back Wednesday, 21 Jan 2009 | 5:17 PM ET

    Stocks clawed their way back from a midday rout as banks surged and investors relaxed after the Treasury Secretary nomination hearing ended.