Fast Money

Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee
Host, “Fast Money” & “Options Action”

Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC's "Fast Money" (Monday-Thursday, 5PM-6PM ET; Friday, 5PM-5:30PM ET), which originates from the Nasdaq's MarketSite studio in New York's Times Square. "Fast Money" gives you the information normally reserved for the Wall Street trading floor, enabling you to make decisions that can make you money. She is also the host of "Options Action," (Friday, 5:30PM ET), a weekly half-hour program that explains the advantages of options trading.

In addition, Lee is a member of the ensemble cast of CNBC's "Power Lunch" (M-F, 1PM-3PM ET).

Previously, Lee was co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" and host of "Money in Motion Currency Trading." She also covered investment banking, hedge funds and private equity for the network.

Lee has reported one-hour documentaries for the network, including "Rise of the Machines (2013)," "Code Wars: America's Cyber Threat"(2011), "Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing" (2009) and "Porn: Business of Pleasure" (2009). In 2008, Lee reported and anchored a one-hour documentary, "Made in China: People's Republic of Profit," from Beijing and Shanghai. She reported extensively for the network on China from the country's growth to its challenges to the opportunities for U.S. businesses.

Lee received a 2010 Gracie Award for Outstanding Host-News and a Gerald Loeb Award nomination in 2009 for a CNBC Special Report: "Is Your Money Safe? The Fall of Lehman Brothers," for which she co-anchored. Lee also has been nominated for two Emmy awards in Business News. In 2007, she was recognized for her report, "The $50M Con," about a college student-turned scammer who ran a fake hedge fund and was ultimately caught by the FBI. And in 2003, she was nominated for her reporting on the proxy voting of mutual funds.

Prior to joining CNBC in 2004, Lee worked for Bloomberg Television and CNN Financial News.

Before her career in television, Lee was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting. Her cases focused on the banking and credit card sectors.

Lee graduated with honors from Harvard College with a bachelor of arts in government. She also served as Assistant Managing Editor of the Harvard Crimson.

Follow Melissa Lee on Twitter @MelissaLeeCNBC.


  • Wait & see with Tesla: Analyst

    Since its all-time high, Tesla is down about 18 percent. Ben Kallo, R.W. Baird senior research analyst, discusses his downgrade on the stock.

  • Trending Trades: JPM, YHOO & DDD

    Shares of JPMorgan are lower after news hit the bank's settlement with the Justice Department may be at risk of collapsing. The "Fast Money" traders take their positions in today's trending topics.

  • IBM increases buyback; Analyst warns

    IBM boosted the Dow on Tuesday after Big Blue announced a $15 billion increase to its buyback. Brian Marshall, ISI Group analyst, is seeing companies migrate to smaller platforms, and sees "material downside" in the stock.

  • LinkedIn lower post-earnings

    LinkedIn is very pleased with its "sponsored updates," and said it should have a meaningful impact on the company's revenue in 2014, reports CNBC's Julia Boorstin.

  • Buffalo Wild Wings beats; Traders dig in

    Buffalo Wild Wings says it will reach its goal of having 1,000 restaurants by Q1 of 2014, reports CNBC's Dominic Chu. "Fast Money" trader Jon Najarian says the company is "killing it."

  • Buy LinkedIn, not Yelp: Analyst

    If you're looking for an opportunity Monday morning, we'd buy LinkedIn, explains Gene Munster, analyst for Piper Jaffray.

  • Earnings Squad: BWLD, LNKD & TRLA

    Discussing what investors can expect from the earnings data of Buffalo Wild Wings, Linkedin and Trulia, with Jon Najarian, Optionmonster; and CNBC's Melissa Lee and Dominic Chu.

  • Earnings Squad: HLF, GT & NTRI

    Discussing what investors can expect from the earnings data of Herbalife, Goodyear Tire and Nutrisystem, with Jon Najarian, Optionmonster; and CNBC's Melissa Lee and Dominic Chu.

  • Fast Money Final Trade

    Fast Money congratulates the Najarian brothers on the five-year anniversary of tradeMONSTER. Traders share final trades of the day and what they're looking out for Wednesday.

  • Options Action: Buy the consumer?

    The consumer staples ETF made a new 52-week high today. Scott Nations of NationsShares looks at unusually high call volume in Procter & Gamble, PepisCo and the consumer staples ETF.


Options Action

Host Bio

  • Melissa Lee

    Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC's “Fast Money” and “Options Action.”

Trader Bios

  • Guy Adami

    Chief Market Strategist & Director of Advisor Advocacy, Private Advisor Group

  • Karen Finerman

    CEO & Co-founder, Metropolitan Capital Advisors

  • Director of Institutional Sales Stuart Frankel & Co. Inc.