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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Why this Bird Beats Bulls and Bears

Stocks are going nowhere fast. I think the 12 year chart of the S&P 500 SPDRs (SPY) below says it all.

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Forget Facebook, Buy These Ag Stocks Instead

With the Facebook IPO launching next week, and a string of hot technology IPOs in the last year, all of the focus has been on Silicon Valley and social media wunderkinds. Yet there’s a sector that has been quietly wracking up record earnings in 2011 and which is poised to…

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Does The FTSE 100 Tumble Present A Buying Opportunity Or Is It A Falling Knife?

Given that the FTSE 100 is trading as weakly as we’ve seen it since last year’s trade off, it’s a pretty opportune moment to reflect on the first third of the year. I wrote an article early in January that laid out my own thinking on the state of the market…

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Microsoft: No Longer A ‘Boring’ Investment

Microsoft’s (MSFT) multi-market penetration business strategy has given it a place in my equity portfolio and the portfolios I manage. Microsoft has been a leading provider to the business markets, where it accumulated much of its vast wealth, but it has recently taken very strong and aggressive steps to penetrating…

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VIDEO: Today’s VIX Sonar Report

Option Monster shares this video on Today’s VIX Sonar Report

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What Does Long Term Actually Mean?

There was a post at Seeking Alpha about client holding Johnson & Johnson(JNJ) with the title JNJ Is Not A Good Long Term Investment For 2012. This was a pretty funny headline. The author made a bearish case mostly noting the lawsuits and image problem. The author went on to suggest a debit put…

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