Options Action


  • Options Action: September Surge... or Swoon? Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 6:13 PM ET

    We've seen the best start to September in 12 years, but typically this month is horrible for the markets. How should you position?

  • Options Action: Let the Eagle Roar Wednesday, 18 Aug 2010 | 6:31 PM ET

    Mike Khouw of Canter Fitzgerald is looking at American Eagle Outfitters for Wednesday's Options Action.

  • Options Action: Western Digital Wednesday, 1 Sep 2010 | 5:56 PM ET

    Mike Khouw of Cantor Fitzgerald is looking at Western Digital for Wednesday's Options Action.

  • Options Action: Money for Nothing Thursday, 26 Aug 2010 | 6:08 PM ET

    Brian Stutland of Stutland Equities explains how use options to trade companies refinancing at record low rates.

  • Microsoft's Moment of Truth Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 4:11 PM ET

    Option prices are implying a 4.5% move in the post-market for Microsoft, slightly more than its historical average of 4%.

  • Options Action: TLT Wednesday, 25 Aug 2010 | 6:33 PM ET

    Mike Khouw of Cantor Fitzgerald is looking at the 20+ Year Treasury Bond exchange-traded fund for Wednesday's Options Action.

  • Crash to the Upside Monday, 10 May 2010 | 10:53 AM ET
    Stock Trader

    Computer glitch or not, last week's crash has many thinking about the state of the markets and the overall health of the global economy. But maybe there's a more important question to ask. What if the crash had been to the upside?

  • Options Action: Merger Madness Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | 6:03 PM ET

    For Thursday's Options Action, Brian Stutland of Stutland Equities is focusing on a stock that has seen a lot of activity on the premise that it could soon be acquired.

  • Protection for Google Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 | 4:02 PM ET
    Google Headquarters

    How would you like to protect your profits in Google while still having some upside?

  • Best Buy Still a 'Best Buy'? Thursday, 25 Mar 2010 | 1:25 PM ET

    Last week on "Options Action," Mike Khouw suggested the simplest of options trades, selling a covered call against Best Buy stock, which we thought could be dead money on earnings. Fast forward one week, and Best Buy is now trading for $43.30. So what now?

  • Good As Gold? Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | 1:30 PM ET

    Talk about a turnaround. On March 12th, Dan Nathan suggested selling Goldman Sachs stock and replacing it will an April 180/190 call spread. At first, the trade wasn't really working, but in the last three days, that package has doubled in value. So what's his next move?

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  • Takeout In The Palm Of Our Hands? Thursday, 25 Feb 2010 | 6:01 PM ET

    After squeezing the shorts and defying gravity, Palm finally came back to Earth with a major thud today. And while the fall was painful for equity investors, do options traders sense a takeout on the horizon?

  • Head Fake, Or More Pain To Come? Thursday, 4 Feb 2010 | 1:23 PM ET

    Catch me if you've heard this one before. A global crisis emerges from some obscure country, and the VIX surges by some mind-boggling amount.

  • Take A Bite? Monday, 25 Jan 2010 | 3:50 PM ET

    How would you like to make a bearish bet on Apple where the worst case case scenario involves you buying the stock down 10% from here? Apparently one option trader likes those odds.

  • We get all sorts of emails on "Options Action," but a recent one gave me pause. It comes from one of our many brave men and women serving our country in Iraq.

  • Time On Your Side Friday, 15 Jan 2010 | 11:55 AM ET

    Last Friday, Dan Nathan did something that would make even the best alchemist green with envy: he turned time into money, and he did so using the calendar spread on Intel.

  • Dividend Increase For JPMorgan? Monday, 11 Jan 2010 | 1:27 PM ET

    While market pundits are pouncing on the decline in the VIX today (something we noted on this blog last week), a far more interesting development is taking hold in options land. Could JPMorgan be on the verge of raising its dividend?

  • Are Option Prices Still Expensive? Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 4:53 PM ET

    The VIX broke through the 19 level today, meaning pricing for puts and calls have reached their lowest levels in 16 months. But that doesn't make them cheap.

  • RIMM Redemption Friday, 18 Dec 2009 | 12:06 PM ET

    Big swings can often lead to strikeouts. But it can also mean home runs, and that's exactly what "Options Action" contributor and Phoenix Partner's Chief Derivatives Strategist Dan Nathan hit last week by purchasing the RIMM December 60/65 strangle ahead of earnings.

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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  • Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC's “Fast Money” and “Options Action.”

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