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Options Action: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

After a 55 percent run in just three months, mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold hit a new high Thursday.

With the company scheduled to report third-quarter earnings on Oct. 21, some may be interested in cashing out now. In Wednesday's "Options Action," Mike Khouw of Cantor Fitzgerald explained how to do just that using options.

"If you think this stock's about to take a breather, one thing you could do is look to protect some of the short-term downside while maintaining a long position," Khouw said, like with a 1 by 2 put spread. In other words, buying 1 put and selling 2 puts.

**MIKE'S FCX TRADE**
Buy Nov. 95 puts at $3.70
Sell 2 Nov. 85 puts at $1.25

Learn more about this trade—watch the video!

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Trader disclosure: On Oct.13, 2010, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Finerman owns (GOOG); Finerman’s Firm owns (IBM); Finerman and Finerman’s Firm own (JPM); Finerman and Finerman’s Firm own (BAC); Finerman’s Firm own (MSFT); Finerman’s Firm owns (RIG); Finerman’s Firm owns (WMT); Finerman's firm is short (IJR); Finerman's firm is short (MDY); Finerman's firm is short (SPY); Finerman's firm is short (IWM); Finerman’s firm owns S&P 500 puts; Finerman’s firm owns Russell 2000 puts; Terranova Owns (APA), (AAPL), (IBM), (OXY), (RSH), (UPL), (XBI), (JOYG), (C), (AXP), (SWN), (AGU), (EOG), (HES), (OIH), (ORCL), (SU), (VRTS), (FTO), (RIG), (PEP), (POT), (CRM), (CF), (VMW); Terranova Owns (AAPL) puts; Pete Najarian owns (DD), (TSO), (YHOO), (AKAM), (BMC), (F), (LVS); Simon Baker Owns (SLW), (IGTE); Simon Baker's Firm Owns (SLW)

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Scaramucci and SkyBridge Capital own (RL)

For Brian Kelly
Accounts managed by Kanundrum Capital own (ANDE)
Accounts managed by Kanundrum Capital own (ADM)
Accounts managed by Kanundrum Capital own (GS)
Accounts managed by Kanundrum Capital own (JEF)
Accounts managed by Kanundrum Capital own (MSFT)
Accounts managed by Kanundrum Capital own (GLD)
Accounts managed by Kanundrum Capital own (GDXJ)
Accounts managed by Kanundrum Capital own (SLV)
Accounts managed by Kanundrum Capital own (GPRE)
Accounts managed by Kanundrum Capital are short U.K. Pound
Accounts managed by Kanundrum Capital are short Mexican Peso

For Joe Terranova
Terranova is chief market strategist of Virtus Investment Partners, LTD.
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (ABAX)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (ALK)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (AMKR)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (CASS)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (CSVI)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (IGE)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (LDR)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (LPHI)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (MGRC)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (NRCI)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (DBV)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (XLB)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (XLP)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (XLY)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (XLF)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (XLI)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (XLU)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (SUBK)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (WDFC)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (YDNT)
Virtus Investment Partners own more than 1% of (DRYS)

For Kate McShane
An employee of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. is a director of (BBY)
Kate McShane owns (BBY)
Citigroup is a market maker in (COLM), (FINL), (SPLS), (BBBY), (ORLY)
Citigroup has a significant financial interest in relation (NKE), (VFC), (BBY), (ODP), (SPLS)
Citigroup received investment-banking compensation within the past 12 months from (LIZ), (VFC), (ODP), (AZO), (SPLS)
Citigroup received compensation for non-investment banking services from (FL), (LIZ), (NKE), (PVH), (RL), (VFC), (BBY), (ODP), (OMX), (WSM), (AZO) (COLM), (SPLS) (BBBY) in the past 12 months
Citigroup had within the past 12 months, (LIZ), (VFC), (ODP), (AZO), (SPLS) were investment banking clients

For Mike Khouw
Cantor Fitzgerald makes a market in (FCX)

For Steve Sakwa
***No Disclosures***

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