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GMCR Options Jump Before Earnings

Feb. 2, 2012, 11:00 am EST – Volume soared from 41,000 to 140,000, with investors looking very short-term -- mostly within the February series. More 

Bears Remain Hungry for YUM

Feb. 1, 2012, 10:04 am EST – Tuesday’s trading saw more than 7,500 contracts for the March 60-strike put cross the tape. Was a mixed earnings report from McDonald's a factor? More 

Las Vegas Sands Hot Ahead of Earnings

Jan. 31, 2012, 1:19 pm EST – Casino stock Las Vegas Sands is trending higher going into Wednesday's earnings, but will it continue? Put buyers don't think so. More 

A Bear Bets Big as Starbucks Hits New High

Jan. 31, 2012, 9:37 am EST – A "ratio put spread" calls for medium-term downside. The trade got off to a bad start Monday when SBUX staged an intra-day rally. More 

Options Made Simple: Selling Covered Calls

Jan. 30, 2012, 9:49 am EST – How to trade a conservative hedge on an existing stock holding. More 

Options Traders Look for (Even) More RIMM Downside

Jan. 27, 2012, 1:29 pm EST – Service interruptions. Fierce competition from Android and iPhone. A recession. General ennui. These factors and others have made business difficult for Research In Motion (NYSE:RIMM). In the past year, RIMM shares have given back 74% of their value, with the stock dropping 40% in the last six months alone. Technical analysts (a/k/a “chartists”) might recognize... More 

Are Bullish Traders Looking for a Safeway Short Squeeze?

Jan. 24, 2012, 11:54 am EST – Heavy options activity in the form of Safeway (SWY) call buying suggests hope for future upside in the grocery stock. More 

3 Big Bullish Option Trades

Jan. 23, 2012, 12:43 pm EST – Call buyers are looking for upside in BofA, Citi, and Lowe’s. All three stocks were the subject of outsize trades on Friday. More 

Pandora Sounds Good to Put Sellers

Jan. 19, 2012, 2:05 pm EST – This options play on Pandora stock has a high probability of success. More 

Bearish Options Traders Pile on Carnival

Jan. 18, 2012, 11:23 am EST – The sentiment that it's going to get worse for the tragedy-struck cruise line shows in the whopping 77,000 put options that were traded Tuesday. More