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.

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  • Foods feast, but beware the bearnado

    A number of food stocks have outperformed the S&P this year. Courtney Reagan reports. David Rosenberg, Gluskin Sheff, who's a long-time bear, says the market is fully priced and that the market will struggle a bit over the next few months. And who does Rosenberg think should be the next Fed Chair?

  • Today's Top Trades

    It's a street fight over Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, with Adami and Seymour. And today's top trades, including a downgrade of IBM.

  • Yamada: S&P's new structural bull market

    Disney announces it will take a $160- to $190-million loss on "The Lone Ranger," reports CNBC's Julia Boorstin. JCPenney gets hit again. And technician Louise Yamada says the 32-year bull market in bonds is over, but a new structural bull market is appearing in the S&P.

  • Beating back the bearnado

    Dissecting the day's major business news, with the Fast Money traders. Tonight, earnings from Disney and Twenty-First Century Fox. And it's a bearnado as the bears are out for JCP, IBM and gold, as the precious metal falls below $1,300. With Nick Colas, ConvergEx Group.

  • Fast Money, August 6, 2013

    CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders discuss the day's top trades and the stocks they'll be watching Wednesday.

  • Managing a losing trade: Gap

    "Fast Money" trader Anthony Scaramucci made a bearish call on Gap in May. "I was wrong, but I am negative on gap on a relative basis to things like Macy's going forward," he says.

  • Options Action: Bullish bet on BlackBerry

    Options traders are seeing a lot of action in BlackBerry's stock today, with Brian Stutland of Stutland Volatility Group.

  • Gartman stays long equities

    The FOMC emphasized inflation in its latest statement, saying the persistently low rate could pose a risk to economic growth. Dennis Gartman of The Gartman Letter, discusses.

  • 'Bumpy ride' ahead?

    Discussing the market's next direction, with Russ Koesterich, BlackRock. "We think the long-term direction of equities is up, but there are some things investors need to be aware of," he says.

  • Best ideas for market's bumpy ride: Pro

    Two markets outside the United States and certain sectors stand out in short-term volatility ahead, BlackRock Chief Investment Strategist Russ Koesterich says.


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.