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Options Action: Target

If you’re like Mike Khouw of Cantor Fitzgerald and think the consumer is weak, you might want to trade like him and use options!

For example, Khouw thinks Target is going lower.

He doesn't like the technicals and thinks the consumer is weak. As a result he expects shares to slide toward $50.

He could go short but doing that would leave him exposed to the potential of unlimited losses.

Instead, Khouw prefers to place his bets using put spreads.

In other words, instead of shorting Target, Mike is going to buy a put.

However he needs Target stock to fall by more than the cost of the put by expiration to make money.

So, Mike's going to sell not one, but two lower-strike Target puts of the same expiration, and create a "ratio put spread."

Now Mike profits sooner, but there's a trade-off. He could be forced to buy Target stock at that low put strike price should it fall to that level.

Here’s another way of looking at it.

Target Options Chain - Stock At $55
Buy July 55-strike put for $3.00
Sell 2 July 50-strike puts for combined $2.60

How Mike's Target Trade Makes Money
Profit Below $54.60
Get Long At $50
Profits Trail Below $50
Losses Below $45.40

*Learn more about this trade. Watch the video now!




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Trader disclosure: On May 17, 2010, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Terranova Owns Gold; Terranova Owns (PFE), (GLD), (TER), (YHOO), (AXP); Terranova Is Short (X), (GOOG); Adami Owns (AGU), (C), (GS), (INTC), (MSFT), (NUE), (BTU); Finerman's Firm Is Short (IJR), (IWM), (MDY), (SPY); Finerman's Firm Is Long S&P Puts; Finerman Owns (AAPL); Finerman's Firm Owns (BAC), (BAC) Leap; Finerman Owns (BAC), (BAC) Preferred; Finerman Owns (GOOG); Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (HPQ); Finerman's Firm Owns (JPM), (JPM) Leap; Finerman Owns (JPM); Finerman's Firm Owns (TGT); Finerman Owns (WFC) Preferred; Finerman's Firm Owns (WMT); Najarian Owns (AMD) Calls; Najarian Owns (AKAM) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (C) Calls; Najarian Owns (F) Calls; Najarian Owns (GOOG) Calls; Najarian Owns (HPQ), Is Short (HPQ) Calls; Najarian Owns (MS), Is Short (MS) Calls; Najarian Owns (MCD) Call Spread; Seymour owns (INTC); Jon Najarian owns (DKS); Zach Karabell owns (ATHR); Grasso Owns (BP), (NDAQ), (DYN), (LPX), (ASTM), (ABK), (BAC), (BGP), (C), (CVGI), (JPM), (PRST), (PFE), (BA), (T), (CSCO)

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Terranova Works For (VRTS)
Terranova Is Chief Market Strategist Of Virtus Investment Partners, Ltd.
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (AMKR)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (IGE)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (DBV)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLB)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLV)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLP)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLY)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLI)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLU)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (DRYS)

For Brian Kelly
Kanundrum Capital Owns (GFI)
Kanundrum Capital Owns (GLD)
Kanundrum Capital Owns (TLT)
Kanundrum Capital Owns (AUY)
Kanundrum Capital Is Long U.S. Dollar
Kanundrum Capital Is Short Euro
Kanundrum Capital Is Short British Pound
Kanundrum Capital Is Short Swiss Franc
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (XLK)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (XLI)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (XLV)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (XLY)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (HBC)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (XLF)


For Steve Grasso
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Are Short (QQQQ)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Are Short (CL)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Are Short (AAPL)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (AMR)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (BAX)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (DYN)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (CUBA)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (DYN)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (GERN)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (HSPO)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (MERC)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (NWS.A)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (NYX)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (PALM)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (PDE)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (PFE)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (PRST)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (RDC)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (TLM)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (XRX)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (SDS)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Are Short (QQQQ)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Are Short (CL)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Are Short (AAPL)

For Daniel Amir, Lazard Capital Markets Analyst
Lazard Capital Markets LLC is a market maker in (CREE)

For Steve Cortes
Cortes Is Short Gold, Silver
Cortes Is Long Euro

For Paul Hickey
Hickey Owns (BAC)
Hickey Owns (C)

For Ananda Baruah
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Other Relevant Disclosures:
Terranova Owned (YHOO) On 4/8/10



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