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 and tradeMONSTER.
Jon developed and patented trading applications and algorithms used to identify unusual activity in stock, options, and futures markets. He and his brother Pete's OptionMONSTER media company has been described by Securities Industry News as "content king of the options business," and enjoys syndication agreements with CNBC, TheStreet.com, the CBOE, Nasdaq, Yahoo Finance, Google Finance, and others.
The brothers' brokerage firm, tradeMONSTER, 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 the money management firm Najarian Capital Advisers, a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) that manages funds and provides analysis, consultation and risk management services to pensions and endowments.
Jon's Twitter handle is @optionmonster
Hartford is seeing heavy options trading Friday, as its stock soars more than 88% even as the broader markets drop. Hartford Financial Services, which has an average daily call volume of 10,000 contracts, saw 37,100 calls trade in the first hour of trading this morning. That's three times full session volume in just 60 minutes!
Potash has been beaten down for months but climbed Wednesday, and options are betting that the stock will go higher. The Canadian firm may not be a household name, but it's the world's largest fertilizer company. And its stock has understandably gotten some attention lately...
Staples is seeing strong put activity Tuesday, ahead of its quarterly earnings report next week. More than 13,800 puts have changed hands this morning, more than double the daily average in the last 30 days. ... We've followed unusual action in the world's largest office products company before — and harvested some fat profits.
Motorola has had about as much good news as I've got hair: The company is losing market share every day, and its commoditized business is under attack by Samsung, LG, Nokia, and HTC. But as bad as things are, MOT shares may be worth a look now...
Merrill Lynch is seeing heavy put activity among options traders Wednesday, as its stock plunges to lows not seen in more than a decade. The November options volume is already four times the recent averages and December is more than six times normal levels.