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Options Action: Put Protection

It would appear that investors are finally beginning to catch on to the notion of options as a protection vehicle.

On average, more options trading was seen this past May, then during the Lehman collapse and the entire credit crisis.

So how can you put options to work for you? Brian Stutland of Stutland Equities suggests selling a put in the SPY .

The details follow:

SPY - Selling A July 105 Put for $4.50

How Brian's Trade Makes Money
Profits Above 100.50
Gets Long Stock At 105

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


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Trader disclosure: On May 19 2010, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Jon Najarian owns (GS) puts; Jon Najarian owns (JPM) puts; Jon Najarian owns (XLF); Jon Najarian owns (SPY); Jon Najarian owns (NYX) and (CME); Jon Najarian owns (NYX) and (CME) puts; Jon Najarian owns seats on NYSE, CME & CBOE; Grasso Owns (BP), (NDAQ), (DYN), (LPX), (ASTM), (ABK), (BAC), (BGP), (C), (CVGI), (JPM), (PRST), (PFE), (BA), (T), (CSCO), (X); Najarian Owns (AMD) Calls; Najarian Owns (C) Calls; Najarian Owns (CAT) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (DELL) June Calls, Is Short (DELL) May Calls; Najarian Owns (HPQ), Is Short (HPQ) Calls; Najarian Owns (MS), Is Short (MS) Calls; Najarian Owns (MCD) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (NOVL) Calls; Finerman's Firm Is Short (IJR), (MDY), (IWM), (SPY); Finerman's Firm Is Long S&P Puts; Finerman Owns (AAPL); Finerman's Firm Owns (BAC), (BAC) Leaps; Finerman Owns (BAC), (BAC) Preferred; Finerman Owns (GOOG); Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (HPQ); Finerman's Firm Owns (JPM), (JPM) Calls; Finerman Owns (JPM); Finerman's Firm Owns (TJX); Finerman Owns (WFC) Preferred; Finerman's Firm Owns (YUM); Terranova Owns (PFE), (GLD); Cortes Is Long Euro; Cortes Is Long Crude Oil; Edwards owns (VXX)

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