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  • Roche Rocks Genentech Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | 5:06 PM ET

    Genentech shares dropped three percent today or $2.85 to $81.24 after Roche showed some chutzpah and lowered its bid for DNA. 

  • Roche Is Not The Father Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | 2:39 PM ET

    That’s the possible result after today's shocking DNA test.

  • Takeover Talk Drives Medical Device Maker Shares Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | 1:29 PM ET

    Intuitive Surgical, a California company that makes endoscopic instruments, is running higher along with heavy options activity amid takeover rumors.

  • The Options Trade Today on QQQQ ETF Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | 12:17 PM ET

    Options traders are making a short-term bearish play on the Nasdaq 100-indexed ETF. The QQQQ exchange traded fund closed Thursday down 2.5 percent to $29.58, finishing right in the middle of its recent range. ... The QQQQ options were second on the overall volume list for the day, with 641,000 contracts traded.

  • Najarian on Options: A Huge Bet on Costco Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | 7:37 AM ET

    With about 90 minutes to go in yesterday's trading session, somone banged out 5,500 puts in Costco's April options.

  • 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.

  • DNA Is An "Options" Obsession Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009 | 5:11 PM ET

    Not since the first OJ Simpson trial has America been so captivated by DNA. Of course, the DNA in question here is the not subject of a Watson and Crick book, but instead the stock ticker for biotech behemoth, Genentech.

  • 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!

  • Tonight's Real TV Action Is On Options Action Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 5:17 PM ET

    If last Friday's debut broadcast of "Options Action" was the broadcast event of the season, then tonight is akin to the Super Bowl.

  • 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.