Options Action


  • Options Traders Sprint To Buy Calls Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 11:41 AM ET

    Battered Sprint shares got a much needed boost this morning courtesy of the Justice Department. But the action in the options pits was even more furious.

  • Bet Against JPM? Not Wise Says Dick Bove Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 1:54 PM ET

    Last Friday, Dan Nathan of Riskreversal.com suggested a bearish bet on best of breed bank JP Morgan, and today a similar trade printed in size.

  • Walt Disney's In A Mouse Trap Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 12:54 PM ET
    Mickey Mouse

    Disappointing earnings have sent shares of The Walt Disney Company to its worst single-day decline since the Flash Crash in May of 2010.

  • Is Chipotle Too Spicy? Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 2:18 PM ET

    If people won't pay up for leather bags, will they still buy pricey, albeit delicious, burritos? It's a question Chipotle investors might want to ask.

  • Sell What You Want — But I Won't Sell This Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 11:50 AM ET

    While the market turmoil has taken some high-growth stocks to the woodshed (see: Netflix, Sina, Juniper), there has been one relative beacon of strength: Apple.

  • Forget RIM Vs. Apple...More Like RIM Vs. Palm Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 3:38 PM ET

    There are debates that in retrospect seem mighty silly. Prince vs. Michael Jackson. Vince Carter vs. Kobe Bryant. RIM vs. Apple.

  • Is the CAT Out of the Bag on the Global Economy? Friday, 22 Jul 2011 | 10:57 AM ET
    **FILE** Rows of heavy Caterpillar equipment sits ready for shipment at the Caterpillar plant in Decatur, Ill.,in this April 20, 2007 file photo. For American companies with operations that stretch overseas, the slumping dollar has become a fiscal life preserver amid slower domestic economic growth and waning sales. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, file)

    A slight miss on earnings and investors battered shares of Caterpillar to the tune of 7%, the largest single day decline since the fourth quarter of 2008.

  • Options See Germany Weathering Euro Woes Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 2:44 PM ET

    While markets have sold off in recent days on mounting worry that Greece and other peripherals might default on their debt, options investors have shown unwavering faith in Germany, the stalwart nation that's been pulling much of the region's weight.

  • More Volatility Ahead for Retail? Friday, 20 May 2011 | 2:24 PM ET
    Gap Store

    Intrepid options investors who usually relish beaten-down stocks are setting up for more volatility in Gap Inc. shares.

  • Risk-Off is On to Stay, Options Say Thursday, 12 May 2011 | 3:14 PM ET

    With the Federal Reserve soon to pull the plug on QE2, and data showing no fundamental reason for energy prices to maintain recent heights, the market has begun turning its back on risk trades and sent share, and barrel, prices lower over the past week.

  • Can't Short AIG: Investors Turn To Options Instead Friday, 6 May 2011 | 1:02 PM ET
    Aig Headquarters

    If investors could borrow enough AIG spacer shares to short the stock, they would. But given that you can't borrow the stock at reasonable rates, many investors are making their bearish bets through the options market. And they have good reason to do so.

  • More Rough Seas Ahead for Silver, Options Say Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 4:17 PM ET

    When whales like George Soros and Carlos Slim are making bearish bets on silver, even usually contrarian options traders are wise enough to recognize that the tide may be turning against the commodity.

  • Options Signaling Gold Rush Slowing? Friday, 29 Apr 2011 | 5:52 PM ET

    Could the gold rush be showing signs of age? If options activity is any indication, the answer is yes.

  • Why Options Traders See a 10% Market Correction Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | 12:24 PM ET

    A big trade Thursday in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF shows stock investors' nerves of steel are faltering.

  • Options Market Saying Tyco Buyout's a Done Deal Thursday, 14 Apr 2011 | 11:37 AM ET

    Investors have pushed Tyco International shares up 15% over the past week amid reports that the company is in talks to be bought by French electrical engineering company Schneider Electric — chatter that Scheider has tried — in vain — to quash.

  • Options Signal Turning Tide in Emerging Markets Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 11:23 AM ET

    Emerging markets had few friends this year. Fears that monetary tightening would sap growth had investors pulling billions out of E.M. equity funds in the first quarter.

  • Low Rates to Keep a Lid on Volatility? Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 10:12 AM ET

    Fear is in freefall. The VIX, which many refer to as the fear index, had its biggest 8-day percentage drop in history. And that has coincided with the rally in equities. So what is the options market telling us now?

  • Many theories are making the rounds about why the market's been marching higher in the face of disasters, nuclear crisis and government collapses. Stocks' indomitable advance has stumped many market experts.

  • Motoring On Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 10:24 AM ET

    Talk about a new car smell. A simple upgrade over at Morgan Stanley, and shares of Tesla Motors are off to the races to the tune of 16% in early trading.

  • A factory building has collapsed in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, in northern Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

    Despite record inflows into the Japanese ETF, options traders are less than optimistic about a Japanese recovery.

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