Why one trader is selling puts in Visa

Visa is not far the all-time highs it reached last week, and a large trader sees current levels holding.

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Bears see more downside for Smithfield

Smithfield Foods has been dropping, and the bears are looking for more downside.

optionMONSTER’s Depth Charge monitoring program detected the purchase of 2,500 August 19 puts for $0.75. An equal number of August 21 puts were sold for $1.75, but volume was below open interest.

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The Most Important Aspect of Options trading

The rally over the past few weeks has occurred at a blistering pace. Only a handful of times in history has the market, namely the S&P 500, pushed lower by 10% or more over the course of one month, only to rally more than 10% in the following month.

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Trading volatility ahead of big events

The best time to trade is when your outlook is different from the consensus. And when it comes to options, that outlook must include volatility data, which can often be the best source of profit.

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Put seller bets on floor in Home Depot

A large trader sees a solid foundation under shares of Home Depot as the stock remains near its highest level in more than a decade.

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Why My Favorite Trade of the Decade Could Be Starting Now

It’s a sobering picture.

The global financial system is in dire straits. Resuscitation now looks doubtful.

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Why trader is selling calls in Danaher

Danaher continues to bounce, but one call seller is betting that it will be limited.

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Put surge sees Oracle reversing course

Oracle is giving up some of last week’s gains, and one trader sees more downside ahead.

ORCL is off 0.42 percent to trade at $29.58 after trading as low as $29.15 earlier today. On Friday the database maker rallied off its 2012 lows, posting its highest close since May 2.

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Unisys bull positions for more upside

Unisys has been rebounding sharply all week, and one trader is betting that it has more room to run.

The information-technology company is up 6.05 percent to $19.28, continuing to spike higher since trading below $15 at Tuesday’s low. Despite the gains, however, UIS has been trending lower from its 52-week high of $27.43 set in late October.

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Has Cablevision finally hit a bottom?

One bull is sticking with Cablevision Systems as the stock fights its way back from multi-year lows.

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The “sell in May” phenomenon is in full effect.

In my webinar earlier this month, “How to Collect 15% from Stock Market Insurance” I presented the following slide and discussed the importance of protecting yourself against market declines. More importantly, I gave a few real-world examples of how we, as self-directed investors, can best implement such a strategy into our own portfolios.

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ETF Unusual Activity at Mid Session

Total option volume tops 5.7 million contracts as hedging subsides in the indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER’s data systems. The SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) has 958,000 options traded, with a put/call ratio of less than 2 to 1. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options total 276,000 and have a…

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