Pete Najarian

Pete Najarian
Co-Founder, Najarian Family Office

Pete Najarian, the "Pit Boss," was ranked one of the top 100 traders by Trader Monthly magazine.

Today he is a co-founder ofNajarian Family Office,a private wealth management firm, as well as Najarian Advisors, a companyadvising institutional investors on options strategies.

Together with his brother, Jon"DRJ" Najarian, he is also a founding member of, a financial education and newsletter services company, as well as best-selling author of both "How We Trade Options" and "The 22 Rules of Investing."

Najarian invests in and works with start-ups via Rebellion Partners, where he is a founding member.

Following a football career that included several seasons with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings, Najarian took up options trading in 1992 joining his brother, Jon "DRJ" Najarian, at Mercury Trading, a market-making firm at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). Two years later, he assumed responsibility for Mercury's risk and arbitrage and later led its entry onto the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

He also led Mercury's joint venture with M.J. Meehan, the third-largest specialist firm on the NYSE. From 2000 to 2004, Najarian served as president of Mercury, and helped execute its sale to Citadel, one of the world's largest hedge funds. During this period, Najarian chaired the Exemption Committee of the CBOE for three years and served as a floor official for eight terms.

Najarian has been a founding member of One Chicago, an electronic exchange committed to becoming the global leader in futures on individual stocks, narrow-based indexes, and ETFs. He is also the Co-Founder of Hedgehog stock, options, and futures trading platform and together with brother Jon, co-developed the Heat Seeker™ and complementary programs identifying unusual buying activity in stocks, options, and futures. Najarian is one of the "Fast Money Five" on CNBC's Fast Money, and also contributes to CBOE-TV, the exchange's popular webcast.

In 2005, Najarian co-founded,together with his brother Jon, optionMONSTER, an options news and education firm, and tradeMONSTER, a leading online brokerage firm, that for years 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.

Najarian graduated with a BA from the University of Minnesota.

What does Pete Najarian do when he's not investing? Here's a look in our Halftime Report "Trade Off."

Follow Pete Najarian on Twitter @petenajarian.


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  • Caterpillar is seeing heavy options activity as its stock trades moderately higher Wednesday. Calls outnumber puts by a 3-1 ratio and are concentrated at the February 33 strike, where contracts were bought for $0.77, $0.80, and $0.81. Some May 40 calls also traded for $0.88, according to OptionMonster's real-time tracking systems.

  • Traders were buying calls in Micron Technology for the second day in a row right after the opening bell Wednesday, following a federal court ruling in California that halted a patent infringement case brought by rival Rambus.

  • Options activity spiked early Tuesday for Micron Technology, which has been rallying in the face of a dismal outlook in the chip industry. This morning, right out of the gate, the MU March 4 calls lit up OptionMonster's tracking systems, as buyers jumped in to snap up more than the open interest...

  • Call options are heating up in Amgen, which is up slightly Monday in a sluggish market. As AMGN trades at about $55.20 the Febuary 57.5 and 60 calls are drawing a few nibbles, but most of today's action involves the Febuary 65 calls. What's it mean?

  • Options traders are snapping up calls in the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF, which rose more than 5 percent Thursday. A wave of buyers swept in to purchase the GDX March 34 calls this morning, when the exchange traded fund briefly slipped in price. More than 5,000 contracts were bought for $3.20 on three exchanges — all at the same second.

  • Netflix is seeing heavy options activity Thursday as its shares continue to rise, up nearly 3 percent on a day when the broader markets are selling off. ...The short interest is high (about 28 percent) and the squeeze has likely exaggerated the move...

  • Health services firm Health Net has been rising for the last month and is up another 6 percent Wednesday amid heavy options volume. In the first 90 minutes of the session alone, HNT contracts had already traded more than seven times the 20-day average. Find out what it means.

  • Starwood Hotels and Resorts is seeing some unusual options activity Tuesday, as the chain once again finds itself the subject of takeover rumors. Today's options action in HOT centers on the February 20 strike. ...The stock went as high as $16.75 as those rumors circulated this morning.

  • As the price of gold breaks through $900 an ounce Monday, the GLD exchange traded fund appears to have cooled a bit — but is still seeing options action. Here's the breakdown for investors.

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