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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


  • Options Traders Feed on Software Firm's Woes Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | 4:28 PM ET

    Autodesk is down more than 11 percent Thursday on news of job cuts and lower revenues than expected, and options traders are betting that it will fall even further, with only one day left before January contracts expire.

  • Contrarian Play: Options Action Bets on Giant ETF Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 12:51 PM ET

    Shares in a key Brazil exchange traded fund are down about 7 percent on the day — but the options action is looking for upside. The iShare Brazil exchange traded fund is down to $33.47 on the day, while it was up above $40 a week ago. Shares remain more than 65 percent off their May 2008 high.

  • Biotech Shares, Options Spike on Lilly Deal Talk Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 1:40 PM ET

    Shares in biotech company Dendreon have spiked, along with options trading — amid rumors involving some kind of deal with Eli Lilly. Call volume in DNDN was hot this morning in the first 30 minutes alone, as 6,700 calls traded against 1,000 puts. Dendreon is scheduled to present Thursday at a major health care conference held by JPMorgan in San Francisco this week...

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