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Jon Najarian

Joe Najarian
Co-Founder, optionMONSTER.COM and tradeMONSTER.com

Jon "DRJ" Najarian was linebacker for the Chicago Bears before he turned to another kind of contact sport – trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

He became a member of the CBOE, NYSE, CME and CBOT and worked as a floor trader for some 25 years. Today, he is a professional investor, money manager, media analyst, and co-founder of optionMONSTER.com and tradeMONSTER.com.

Jon developed and patented trading applications and algorithms used to identify unusual activity in stock, options, and futures markets. optionMONSTER.com, an options news and education site, which Jon co-founded with his brother Pete, has been described by Securities Industry News as "content king of the options business".

tradeMONSTER.com has been rated "Best for Options Traders" by Barron's and was the first online broker to deploy streaming, desktop-like trading in a web browser.

The brothers also head Najarian Consulting, a company advising money management firms and co-authored the book, "How We Trade Options."

Jon's Twitter handle is @optionmonster


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    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...

  • Does Weird Option Trade = Big Steel Takeover? Wednesday, 21 Jan 2009 | 1:40 PM ET

    Gerdau is a Brazil-based steel manufacturer that has seen its shares crushed. Trading in the mid-$20s last summer, GGB has fallen some 25 percent just in the last week or so. But as shares traded around $6.47 this morning, someone goes out and buys 8,200 March 12.50 calls for $0.10. Does someone see a takeover brewing?

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