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Pete Najarian

Pete Najarian
Co-Founder, Investitute.com

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

Together with his brother, Jon "Dr. J" Najarian, he is a founding member of Investitute.com, 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 "Dr. J" 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 departments and later led its entry onto the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Najarian is 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, a 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.

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 on Twitter: @petenajarian


Disclosures as of 11/16/17:

Long calls: Altaba, Apple, Barrick Gold, AmTrust, Applied Materials, Anadarko Petroleum, Alibaba, Bank of America, BH Billiton, Brookdale Senior Living, Credit Suisse, Ensco Plc, Fastenal, Facebook, Freeport-McMoRan, Alphabet, Home Depot, Himax Technologies, IBM, Intel, JetBlue, JD.com, Macerich, Melco, Marathon Oil, Microsoft, Micron, ArcelorMittal, Nabors Industries, Nuance Communications, Orbital, Oracle, Pfizer, Qorvo, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Sprint, Southern Copper, Sprouts Farmers Market, Select Comfort, Union Pacific, UUP, Weight Watchers, XBI, XLF, XLV.

Long stock: Apple, Bank of America, Buckle, Comcast, CSX, Disney, Ferrellgas, General Motors, Halliburton, IBM, Coca-Cola, Melco, Merck, Microsoft, Micron, Nike, Northern Trust, Pepsi, Pfizer, Select Comfort, Tempur Sealy, Trinity Industries, UPS, Viacom, Western Digital, Wells Fargo, Wynn.

Puts: TLT.