Calls, Puts & Options Trades

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.

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.

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.

Paint Your Pockets Green With SHW Options

While Sherwin-Williams is reeling from an earnings miss, it still has enough technical support to make this bullish options trade successful.

More Sorrow Ahead for Joy Global

Basic materials stocks have been dismal this year ... and the pain isn't over for Joy Global. Here's a conservative way to play for more downside.

Options: Back in the Straddle

Using a short straddle -- selling both calls and puts against a position -- can give you solid income and a solid hedge even if the options execute.

GOOG Volatility Is Making Options Silly-Cheap

Even if you don't have a particularly strong stance on Google, its options are getting too cheap to ignore. Consider this straddle covering the next two months.

BB&T: A Simple Trade for a Simple Chart

Regional financial stock BB&T (BBT) is showing a straightforward chart and is getting fuel from strong fundamental performance. Don't overthink this. Go long.

Amazon: Primed for a Post-Earnings Pop?

A controlled pullback from all-time highs indicates that Amazon has baked in warnings from GOOG and EBAY. That could help AMZN after earnings, fueling this options trade.

Gold Likely Will Turn South at This Crossroads

Bulls and bears alike will be watching gold's $1,350 zone with rapt attention. Those with a negative view could front-run a potential breakdown with this simple options play.

If You Want to Play Facebook Earnings, You’ll Need Guts

The crossroads of Wall Street optimism for Facebook earnings and FB's history of disappointment is reason for caution, but aggressive traders might consider this contrarian play.

Apple Earnings — Shrewd Options Plays Are Tough to Come By

All eyes are on Apple earnings tonight -- but options traders should be sitting on their hands headed into what looks to be a ho-hum event.

2 Options Plays Going Into Apple Earnings

Amid a dearth of product launches, Apple's Q3 earnings report could end up being a yawner. Consider these options plays for just such an event -- and an AAPL slide.

Rest Your Wallet on Chipotle’s Laurels

Chipotle's recent sunny earnings news and technical support should keep CMG afloat long enough to make this bullish put spread profit.

Netflix Could Soar If Earnings Surprise the Sourpuss Crowd

The sentiment backdrop to Netflix's Monday afternoon earnings report is awash with negativity -- but a surprise would be the spark this options trade needs.

Google Gap Spells Opportunity for Dip-Buyers

Google stock's post-earnings reaving might be short-lived, if Friday's quick bounceback is any indication. Consider this options spread trade for a further rebound.

Oil’s Surge Has Spilt Into Energy Stocks

Oil’s newfound strength is helping to boost the energy sector, which hasn’t exactly scored stellar gains of late. Take advantage via options on the OIH.

McDonald’s Earnings: Make Money With Just a Little Wiggle

I wouldn't expect McDonald's to move much around its upcoming earnings report ... but it doesn't need to for these options plays to put coin in your pocket.

A Low-Risk Entry Beckons in Bonds

With TLT resting so close to resistance, a low-risk entry point has presented itself to those looking to exploit a continued slide in bonds. Here's one options trade to explore.