How bull is managing Thoratec position

Thoratec has been rallying and one investor apparently thinks that the gains will continue.

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Why Japan ETF is seeing big put action

The biggest single print of the day is in the iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund, where one trader is apparently looking for more volatility.

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Puts hit Gannett on eve of earnings report

Gannett is up modestly with the rest of the market today, but one large option trader is taking a downside position ahead of the media company’s earnings report on Monday.

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Giant trade sees a top for CenturyLink

One investor is betting that CenturyLink will stay stuck in a range even as the telecom stock probes its recent highs.

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Bearish spread in corporate bond fund

The HYG corporate-bond fund is not far off its 52-week highs, but a large three-way trade is looking for a pullback.

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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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