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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One of the Best Stocks for Trading Options

When speaking of investing, absolutely nothing is more important than discipline and careful risk management. This fact is particularly true when investing using options, because options offer an enormous array of strategies coupled with a huge amount of potential leverage. Essentially, an investor can purchase the right to a large portfolio with a comparatively…

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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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