Calls, Puts & Options Trades

Join the Dow Jones Dive Via the Diamonds

The market was overdue for a downturn, and the Dow Jones is showing the weakest hand. Consider this bearish spread on the DIA exchange-traded fund. Read Article

Opportunities Await Amid the Rubble in Cree

If you think the selling frenzy in Cree stock is a bit overdone, selling an out-of-the-money bull put spread is a trade worth consideration. Read Article

2 Options Trades for a Golden Bottom

If digging for profits in gold appeals to you, consider these two plays -- one conservative, one aggressive. Read Article

Deere Could Get the Benefit of the Doubt

With a weak ag environment already priced in, any optimism from Deere's earnings report could be met with a swift rally. Read Article

Housing Stocks: Tripping … or Falling?

The iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) is flashing an ominous-looking chart pattern right now. Keep these options trades in mind in the coming days. Read Article

Ride the Ryder Rebound

Ryder is dancing along its trendline, which should send the stock back higher eventually. Go long R calls to capitalize. Read Article

Tapering Talk Should Keep Toppling REITs

Rising interest rates haven't done the iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR) any favors. If you expect the trend to continue, try this options trade on for size. Read Article

2 Options Plays Before Priceline Earnings

Traders can use options to take advantage of a potential post-earnings rally out of Priceline, as well as high near-the-money premiums. Read Article

The Summer Doldrums Take Hold

Trading patterns so far this month have certainly supported August’s low-volume reputation. Now, we get to see whether volatility will stay low, too. Read Article

Clean Up With Whirlpool Spreads

Whirlpool (WHR) is sitting above a number of technical support lines that should help this credit spread trade pan out. Read Article

Tesla Might Bounce If It Clears the Low Bar

Tesla's expected to post a significant loss when it reports earnings tonight, but a larger favorable view toward TSLA fundamentals might tame the bearish crowd. Read Article

Get Defensive With Apple Options

Apple stock is facing several technical hurdles including a big point of overhead resistance. Consider getting protective via Apple options. Read Article

Afraid to Chase? Try a Play in Steel

Not everyone has arrived to the bull party on time. Commodities are just pulling up, including a potential breakout candidate in Nucor. Consider this options trade. Read Article

Let Philip Morris Burn Itself Out

Philip Morris has suffered a painful few months and currently is fighting overhead resistance -- a nice setup for this options spread trade. Read Article

Beware the Bear Raid in Ags

The meat might have been fully stripped from the carcass of agribusiness stocks most directly exposed to potash prices, but Monsanto still looks beefy. Read Article

Bet on the Yen Finding Its Zen

The decline in the yen has relented, and the yen more recently has struck a neutral-to-mildly bullish posture. Spreads on FXY look appealing. Read Article

Keep Your Eyes on Western Digital’s Chart

Western Digital has pulled back from all-time highs, but appears to have reversed back up and still is in an uptrend. Go long with this simple call trade. Read Article

Dig for Golden Profits With GDX Puts

Be ready with this trade on gold-mining fund GDX in case Bernanke lights a fire under gold this afternoon. Read Article

Rock Retail With These XRT Calls

The Retail SPDR (XRT) has outperformed the S&P 500 with nary a hiccup this year and is now building a base from which it could break out to the upside. Read Article

Crude Pullback Spells Options Opportunity

Crude oil is at an ideal spot for dip-buyers to come out of the wordwork, which would help set up this high-probability play in USO for success. Read Article