Jon "DRJ" Najarian was linebacker for the Chicago Bears before he turned to another kind of contact sport – trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
He became a member of the CBOE, NYSE, CME and CBOT and worked as a floor trader for some 25 years. Today, he is a professional investor, money manager, media analyst, and co-founder of optionMONSTER.com and tradeMONSTER.com.
Jon developed and patented trading applications and algorithms used to identify unusual activity in stock, options, and futures markets. optionMONSTER.com, an options news and education site, which Jon co-founded with his brother Pete, has been described by Securities Industry News as "content king of the options business".
tradeMONSTER.com has been rated "Best for Options Traders" by Barron's and was the first online broker to deploy streaming, desktop-like trading in a web browser.
The brothers also head Najarian Consulting, a company advising money management firms and co-authored the book, "How We Trade Options."
Jon's Twitter handle is @optionmonster
"Halftime Report" trader Jon Najarian bought shares of Ascena Retail Group after spotting unusual activity in the options market.
The bull market lost its darlings this week -- Apple, Disney, biotech shares -- as all were down big. But there are two left: Netflix and Amazon.com. Jon Najarian, star of CNBC's Halftime Report and co-founder of OptionMonster.com, has the exclusive trade just for CNBC Pro users.
The bigger picture is we're in a downtrend, but the positive is the economy is outperforming the stock market, explains FMHR trader Josh Brown. The traders discuss the current market environment after the U.S. added 173,000 jobs in August, lower than expected.
Discussing the biggest drivers for the stock market, with Tobias Levkovich, Citi chief U.S. strategist. Citi's 2015 year-end target for the S&P 500 is 2,200.
The "Halftime Report" traders give their trades for the second half.