Options Action: Smart Money Hunts Pulte Homes

Pulte Homes plunged to a new multi-year low today, after our OptionMonster tracking systems showed strong institutional put buying yesterday.

As a result, we didn't even have the trade on for 24 hours before PHM took that 12 percent dive, making our puts — which, of course, are the right to sell — much more valuable. The shares fell from over $8 yesterday to $6.53 today, yielding a handsome profit on the December 7.50 puts that we had flagged for their unusual activity in the previous session.

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Tells like that are wonderful, as they show us where the fast and smart money is hunting. I'll use some of that profit for a bankroll as I head to Las Vegas Friday, to give a presentation for the "Money Show" at the Mandalay Bay.

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Pulte Homes' Rivals:

KB Home

DR Horton


Toll Bros.


Jon 'DRJ' Najarian is a professional investor, CNBC contributor, and cofounder of OptionMonster.