Here’s how one trader is playing the market for new highs

Markets rebounded on Monday, and one trader believes it's a sign the bull market will rage on.

"We've seen volatility on the heels of this escalation in tensions with North Korea, but I think it's buyable," said Todd Gordon of, referring to the dip in the markets seen last week as tensions escalated between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

On CNBC's "Trading Nation" Monday, Gordon took a look at the Nasdaq-tracking ETF (QQQ). According to Gordon, the QQQ just made what he calls a "two-step pullback" similar to one that occurred in June. Gordon describes the trend as two pullbacks in succession that were followed by big rallies.

In other words, the trader believes that the market rebound has room to run.

To play for an even bigger rebound, Gordon is looking to buy the September monthly 144-strike call and sell the September monthly 148-strike call for $1.70, expiring Sept. 15. This means that Gordon believes QQQ can rally as high as $148 on Sept. 15 expiration.

If QQQ does close at $148 on Sept. 15, Gordon could make a max profit of about $230 while risking $170, the premium he paid to make the trade. But Gordon only needs QQQ to close above $145.70 to make money on the trade.

The Nasdaq rallied more than 1 percent on Monday, its best day since June 28.


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Michael Santoli joined CNBC in October 2015 as a Senior Markets Commentator, based at the network's Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.  Santoli brings his extensive markets expertise to CNBC's Business Day programming, with a regular appearance on CNBC's “Closing Bell (M-F, 3PM-5PM ET).   In addition, he contributes to CNBCand CNBC PRO, writing regular articles and creating original digital videos.

Previously, Santoli was a Senior Columnist at Yahoo Finance, where he wrote analysis and commentary on the stock market, corporate news and the economy. He also appeared on Yahoo Finance video programs, where he offered insights on the most important business stories of the day, and was a regular contributor to CNBC and other networks.

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