Pete Najarian, the "Pit Boss," is ranked one of the top 100 traders by Trader Monthly magazine, and is cofounder of optionMONSTER.com, a news and information site for options traders. Following a football career that included several seasons with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings, Najarian took up options trading in 1992 joining his brother, Jon "DRJ" Najarian, at Mercury Trading, a market-making firm at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). Two years later, he assumed responsibility for Mercury's risk and arbitrage and later led its entry onto the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
He also led Mercury's joint venture with M.J. Meehan, the third-largest specialist firm on the NYSE. From 2000 to 2004, Najarian served as president of Mercury, and helped execute its sale to Citadel, one of the world's largest hedge funds. During this period, Najarian chaired the Exemption Committee of the CBOE for three years and served as a floor official for eight terms.
More recently, he has been a founding member of One Chicago, an electronic exchange committed to becoming the global leader in futures on individual stocks, narrow-based indexes, and ETFs. He is the co-founder of Hedgehog stock, options, and futures trading platform and together with brother Jon, co-developed the Heat Seeker™ and complementary programs for tracking unusual buying activity in stocks, options, and futures. Najarian is one of the "Fast Money Five" on CNBC's "Fast Money," and also contributes to CBOE-TV, the exchange's popular webcast.
Najarian graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a degree in genetic engineering.
Caterpillar is seeing heavy options activity as its stock trades moderately higher Wednesday. Calls outnumber puts by a 3-1 ratio and are concentrated at the February 33 strike, where contracts were bought for $0.77, $0.80, and $0.81. Some May 40 calls also traded for $0.88, according to OptionMonster's real-time tracking systems.
Traders were buying calls in Micron Technology for the second day in a row right after the opening bell Wednesday, following a federal court ruling in California that halted a patent infringement case brought by rival Rambus.
Options activity spiked early Tuesday for Micron Technology, which has been rallying in the face of a dismal outlook in the chip industry. This morning, right out of the gate, the MU March 4 calls lit up OptionMonster's tracking systems, as buyers jumped in to snap up more than the open interest...
Call options are heating up in Amgen, which is up slightly Monday in a sluggish market. As AMGN trades at about $55.20 the Febuary 57.5 and 60 calls are drawing a few nibbles, but most of today's action involves the Febuary 65 calls. What's it mean?
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC's “Fast Money” and “Options Action.”
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Guy Adami is a contributor on CNBC's "Fast Money." He also is managing director of stockMONSTER.com.
Najarian, the "Pit Boss," is cofounder of optionMONSTER.com, a news site for options traders.
Finerman is president of Metropolitan Capital Advisors, Inc., a company she co-founded.
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