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Options Action: Stocks Stuck In A Range

With the S&P trapped in a range, how can you profit from the stand-off between the bulls and bears. Mike Khouw of Cantor Fitzgerald has an idea for you.

He suggests selling a strangle against a core long position - in this example it's Archer Daniels Midland.
Khouw says:

Sell the September 21 puts @ .50 and the September 29 calls @ .50.

  • If stock remains between those strikes, is currently 25.30, collect $1.00 between now and Sep expiration.
  • If stock declines below 21, get longer (scaling in), so you would buy another 100 shares ~ 20% lower than where the stock is currently trading
  • If stock rises above 29 up a little over 15%, your long stock gets called away.

Learn more about this trade. Watch the video now!




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Trader disclosure: On June 9, 2010, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Pete Najarian owns (AMD) calls; Pete Najarian owns (MCD) calls; Pete Najarian owns (C) calls; Terranova owns (IPSU), (BX), (UDN), (PFE), (RSX), (TER), (AXP), (BMO), (BBY), (DIS), (XCO), (SWN), (GLD), (AAPL), (IPI), (SU), (V), (TEVA), (FXB), (CVS); Adami owns (AGU), (BTU), (C), (GS), (INTC), (MSFT), (NUE); Grasso owns (ABK), (BAC), (BGP), (C), (DYN), (JPM), (LPX), (NDAQ); Kelly owns (GS) puts; Kelly owns (SPY) puts

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Brian Kelly
Kanundrum Capital is short (AMZN)
Kanundrum Capital is short (RCL)
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Kanundrum Capital is short (AFL)
Kanundrum Capital is short (EWI)
Kanundrum Capital is short (EWO)
Kanundrum Capital is short (GS)
Kanundrum Capital is short (HIG)
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Kanundrum Capital is short (FCX)
Kanundrum Capital is short (XLB)
Kanundrum Capital is short the Euro
Kanundrum Capital is short the U.K. Pound
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Kanundrum Capital owns (GDX)
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Kanundrum Capital owns (AUY)
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Kanundrum Capital U.S. Dollar

For Dennis Gartman
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Funds managed by Gartman are short sterling
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