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Options Action: Spotting Takeover Targets

Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 6:14 PM ET

With U.S. targeted mergers & acquisitions up 11 percent this year and takeover speculation moving the markets, Cantor Fitzgerald's Michael Khouw on Wednesday explained a stealth way that options action may reveal which names could be takeover targets.

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Options Action
Using options to play potential M&A targets, with Mike Khouw, Cantor Fitzgerald.

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