Options Action


  • RIMM Redemption? Friday, 11 Dec 2009 | 4:15 PM ET

    Do options traders see redemption in Research in Motion? Quietly, the stock has been one of the biggest movers on earnings, jumping either up or down an average of 13% on the last eight reporting dates.

  • End of Dash For Trash? Monday, 30 Nov 2009 | 1:26 PM ET

    A cruel December for AIG? That appears to be the bet from both equity and options traders. The stock is down 12 percent today on concerns about loan reserves. But that decline is not enough for options players.

  • GE To Double By 2011? Tuesday, 24 Nov 2009 | 3:30 PM ET

    Do options traders see a double for GE stock? Well, maybe not a double, but perhaps a gain of 40% by next year.

  • Money In The Bank? Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 4:13 PM ET

    When it was hovering around $4 bucks, the thought of Bank of America being a $30 stock seemed patently absurd. But that's exactly what one option investor is betting on.

  • Redemption in Dell Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 2:47 PM ET

    It's been a tough day for stocks and for tech in particular. A firmer dollar, some lousy economic data, and a nasty semiconductor sector downgrade from Merrill are all weighing on the market.

  • This POT Is Smoking Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 3:19 PM ET

    Call it a game of follow the leader today. George Soros buys Potash shares and now everyone is clamoring to buy POT.

  • Season of Fear? Monday, 23 Nov 2009 | 4:32 PM ET

    Do options traders sense a holiday massacre? There was a massive trade that went up on Vix options at the December expiry. Specifically, one customer sold 28,000 of the December 45-strike calls and then bought 56,000 of the December 60-strike calls.

  • Making Those Best Directional Bets Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 7:53 PM ET

    Yankees shmankees - Is there anything better than a good ol' fashion earnings preview with derivatives? From my standpoint, the answer would be a solid no. But just incase you missed part of last week's show, I do want to update the faithful.

  • Intel Latest Wednesday, 14 Oct 2009 | 12:45 PM ET

    It's more than a motto; it's a way of life on "Options Action." We like to risk less to possibly make more. And last week, Dan Nathan - chief options strategist at Phoenix Partners Group nailed it with Intel.

  • ERTS So Good Monday, 16 Nov 2009 | 4:19 PM ET

    We've said it hundreds of time on the show before: Never buy out-of-the-money calls in hopes of a takeover. But with so much deal making going on, and so many days punctuated with takeover talk, the urge to merge may drive some options investors to reach out and buy those cheap calls.

  • Doubling Down? Thursday, 29 Oct 2009 | 3:37 PM ET

    Are options traders doubling down on Las Vegas Sands ahead of earnings? That appears to be the case with today's action.

  • Cost Cutting Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | 12:14 PM ET
    A Costco employee pulls shopping charts at a Costco Wholesale store.

    We say it often on the show: we like to risk less to possibly make more. That's why we typically shun buying options outright, and choose to pair our costs by selling one option to buy another. But occasionally, one of our guys (and gal) senses a bargain, and that's exactly what happened with Dan's strangle on Costco.

  • Exxon's Conundrum Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | 4:01 PM ET

    If you were a stock holder, would you rather have a buyback, or a dividend? If you own Exxon Mobil, you probably want the latter.

  • Trade Update Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 1:53 PM ET

    Now for the update on Dan Nathan's trade. Just to recap, he suggested buying the November 190/200 call spread, paying $7.80 for the Nov 190-strike call and collecting $4.20 for selling the Nov 200-strike call, net-net paying a total of $3.60 to win a possible $6.40.

  • Options Action Recap Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | 3:30 PM ET
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    If we sound like a broken record, I apologize in advance, but there is a reason we implore our viewers to spend less when using options, and the reason is quite simple: if you spend less, you lose less, and last week's trades offered a great example of that.

  • Still Want To Take A Bite? Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 11:56 AM ET

    I know marketcap is a relatively meaningless stat, but Apple's is truly an astounding figure. With today's surge, the company is worth roughly $178 billion. That's more than Google ($175 billion) and General Electric ($165 billion), the parent company of this fine network.

  • Option Actions Recap Monday, 14 Sep 2009 | 4:50 PM ET

    Last week's show did not contain a lot of new trades, but in addition to spending less to try and make more, we also emphasize quality over quantity, so with that, let's take a look back at last week's strategies.

  • Options Action Recap Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 5:00 PM ET

    Quick recap on another episode of what is fast becoming a Friday night sensation. We kicked off the show with a good ol' fashion overwrite on National Oilwell Varco.

  • Reverse Splits for Everyone! Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | 12:28 PM ET

    You got to hand it to Uncle Sam - if anything, he sure knows how to rig stocks.

  • Options Action Recap Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 4:51 PM ET

    Buying protection is great and good, but truth be told, spending money for protection that ultimately proves worthless is akin to lighting money on fire.

About Options Action

  • "Options Action" features option traders from some of the top firms on Wall Street. Each week, they gather for a fast-paced, half-hour show that focuses on how to increase profits and limit losses using common option techniques. Fresh from the trading desk, the "Options Action" panel will demystify the daunting terminology often used when talking about options, and simplify this fast-growing and crucial corner of the market. CNBC’s Emmy-nominated Melissa Lee is the host.

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