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Jon Najarian

Joe Najarian
Co-Founder, optionMONSTER.COM and tradeMONSTER.com

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


  • Najarian on Options: A Pop for Synta Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | 7:28 AM ET

    Biopharmaceutical company Synta is seeing some unusual options activity a week before presenting at a major industry conference.

  • Takeover Talk Drives Medical Device Maker Shares Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | 1:29 PM ET

    Intuitive Surgical, a California company that makes endoscopic instruments, is running higher along with heavy options activity amid takeover rumors.

  • The Options Trade Today on QQQQ ETF Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | 12:17 PM ET

    Options traders are making a short-term bearish play on the Nasdaq 100-indexed ETF. The QQQQ exchange traded fund closed Thursday down 2.5 percent to $29.58, finishing right in the middle of its recent range. ... The QQQQ options were second on the overall volume list for the day, with 641,000 contracts traded.

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