Calls, Puts & Options Trades

Make a Bounty From This Tech-Splosion!

Among the tech stocks carrying the Nasdaq higher is Texas Instruments, which could be on the verge of a breakout. Here are a couple options possibilities. Read Article

Let LinkedIn List Its Way to Options Profits

LinkedIn stock is facing a couple of walls of resistance that could keep LNKD down before this call credit spread expires. Read Article

Are Emerging Markets Actually Re-Emerging?

Emerging markets performed an impressive about-face Thursday despite slipping back a bit Friday. But this might be an opportunity to get in on a broader swing higher. Read Article

Options: The QE Tapering Hedge

In the event that QE tapering eventually takes place, selling covered calls might be better than puts to hedge your entire portfolio. Read Article

Robust Starbucks Is Ripe for a Trade

Starbucks has spent the past month setting new all-time highs right and left. This options trade just needs SBUX to merely maintain its peak to be profitable. Read Article

Bet on Amgen Staying in Neutral

With two weeks to go until July expiration, this trade idea is counting on pharmaceutical stock Amgen to stay below the $100 area. Read Article

Call Up an Options Order for Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme has extended its streak of improving same-store sales at company-owned stores, and the technical picture is improving, too. Go long via these calls. Read Article

Bet on More Bullishness From Amazon

An attractive set of technical support and resistance for Amazon stock opens the doors for this put credit spread idea. Read Article

Wall Street Might Be Too Sour on BlackBerry

The bar for BlackBerry's Q1 earnings has been set to 'expert limbo,' and BBRY's sales prospects and technicals look promising. Consider these bullish options ahead of its report. Read Article

Apollo Flunks — Play for More Pain With a Bear Credit Spread

This for-profit ed stock can't get out of its own way. Selling an extremely near-term credit spread takes advantage of those missteps. Read Article

Shake the Seeds of Doubt in Monsanto

Monsanto is heading into its fiscal third-quarter earnings report with a great deal of negativity and uncertainty facing its stock. A contrarian bull play is the way to go. Read Article

Profit Off Choppy Waters for Google

GOOG has been strong, but it might have a tough time moving higher in this choppy market. That makes this credit spread an appealing trade idea. Read Article

Strike While Apple’s Volatility Is Dead

With AAPL exhibiting the pulse of a corpse, few traders are willing to pay high prices for option contracts. Exploit these cheap options prices. Read Article

Options: How Much Risk Is Right for You?

When using options, it's just as much about what you might lose as what you might gain. Here's a look at some spots along the risk spectrum. Read Article

The Market’s in for a Crude Awakening

Improving technicals are helping to strengthen the resolve of oil bulls. Consider this put trade on USO to play off a possible breakout. Read Article

Linn Energy Just Needs to Toe the Line

Friday's trading might have signaled an end to Linn Energy's decline, putting this options spread into play. Read Article

It’s Time to ‘Put’ Your Big Winners in Protection Mode

Are you sitting on big gains in stocks like Best Buy, Micron or Bristol-Myers Squibb? This basic options trade can help you shield your profits and keep you long. Read Article

Options: Don’t Make These Sucker’s Bets

Sometimes in the hunt for mega-premiums, you can get snookered into a bet you might regret. Avoid these tempting options plays in NFLX, AMZN and LULU. Read Article

Know the Basics About Small-Cap Options

There are few differences between trading options on large-cap stocks and small-cap stocks, but those differences are significant handcuffs. Read Article

Higher Ed, Higher Profits

For-profit education stocks are a dangerous game right now -- which is why they're perfect for the options world. Minimize your risk with this bullish play. Read Article