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Street Talking

If you’re an animal lover, you’re going to love this next post. It’s all about bear hugs, island reversals and strangles. Wait! What the heck are the traders talking about?

Although those terms might seem like something you’d hear on a National Geographic special, they’re actually terms tossed around by traders every day.

Bear hug

A bear hug is an offer from one company to buy the stock of another, at a price that’s seriously higher than anyone else would otherwise pay.

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Island reversal

An island reversal is a term used by market technicians to explain a pattern in a stock’s chart. Specifically, island reversals are isolated data points separated by gaps.

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Strangle

A strangle is a position in a call and put with the same maturity, different strike price.

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Trader disclosure: On Nov. 19, 2007, the day this segment was taped, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders: Finerman's Firm Owns S&P 500 Options, Finerman's Firm Owns Russell 2000 Puts, Finerman's Firm Is Short (IWM), Finerman's Firm Is Short (MDY), Finerman's Firm Is Short (SPY), Finerman's Firm Is Short (IJR), Finerman's Firm Is Short (IYR), Finerman's Firm Owns (BIIB) Options, Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (GS), Finerman's Firm Owns (HD) And (HD) Puts, Finerman Owns (HD), Finerman's Firm Owns (KSS), Finerman's Firm Is Short (LEH) And Owns (LEH) Puts, Finerman's Firm Is Short (LEN), Finerman's Firm Owns (LTD), Finerman's Firm Owns (MSFT) Options, Finerman's Firm Owns (TWX), Finerman's Firm Owns (YHOO), Finerman's Firm Owns (WMT), Finerman's Firm Owns (NDAQ), Finerman's Firm Owns (NYX), Finerman's Firm Owns (NMX) Options, Finerman's Firm Owns (BEAS) Options, Macke Owns (DIS), Macke Owns (YHOO), Najarian Owns (AMTD) Options, Najarian Owns (CSCO) Options, Najarian Owns (YHOO) Options, Najarian Owns (GOOG) Options

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