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Options Blog

Options expert Steve Smith breaks down the action in the options market, explains potential strategies, and highlights promising plays. Updated several times a day.

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Steven Smith Is Away

Wed, 27 Aug 2008 12:37 GMT

Check back for updates on the options front.(image)

Will the Bears Pounce on the Failed Bounce?

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 14:07 GMT

Traders are watching the action go by.(image)

Lower Highs Portend a Change in Trend

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 20:53 GMT

Reading the tea leaves in an inscrutable market.(image)

The VIX is in Decline

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 17:22 GMT

Assessing the market implications from reduced volatility.(image)

Thoughts on the VIX and the Ongoing CBOE Drama

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 13:54 GMT

As the major options exchanges re-jigger ownership structures, shares slump.(image)

Steve Smith Is Away

Tue, 19 Aug 2008 14:23 GMT

He'll resume publishing on Monday, Aug. 25.(image)

Yes, We Have No Buyers Today

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 19:39 GMT

Volume is light, making today's damage not quite as serious as it might be otherwise.(image)

Stocks Backing-Off

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 15:16 GMT

This morning, safety comes first in option activity.(image)

Sellers Remain On the Prowl

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 19:10 GMT

Options expirations goes out with a whimper.(image)

The Dollar and Retail Set Today's Tone

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 14:07 GMT

Option expiration activity only has a muted impact today.(image)

Markets Recover but Lack Leadership

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 20:58 GMT

Notable option trading in Autodesk, Knight Capital, Forest Labs and more.(image)

Options Activity Surges in Retail, Mortgage Insurance

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 14:42 GMT

Good news in these sectors has traders taking new positions.(image)

Stocks Slump But Finish Off Session Lows

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 21:09 GMT

The options action suggests a takeover in the drug sector.(image)

CME/Nymex Deal on the Rocks

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 16:31 GMT

Some of the members are putting up a bit of a roadblock.(image)

Stocks Still Struggling

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 14:42 GMT

Faltering equities are seeing above-average options activity.(image)

Lagging Sectors Take It on the Chin Again

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 20:22 GMT

It was another tough day for stocks in the financial and commodity sectors.(image)

Plenty of Excuses for Profit-Taking

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 14:06 GMT

After the recent move up, it might be time for a breather.(image)

Commodity-Related Stocks Continue to Get Pounded

Mon, 11 Aug 2008 20:37 GMT

The market gave back early gains today, and the commodity sector wasn't much help.(image)

Retail Sails

Mon, 11 Aug 2008 16:35 GMT

With expiration coming up and earning reports all around, it might be a good time to lighten the load.(image)

Techicals and Expiration to Drive Action This Week

Mon, 11 Aug 2008 13:11 GMT

With little economic data to speak of, there aren't the usual catalysts to move the market.(image)

Higher High

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 19:59 GMT

This rally should trigger fresh technical interest.(image)

Oil's Loss Stock's Gain

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 16:04 GMT

After yesterday's beating, stocks are finally seeing some upside on lower crude prices.(image)

Financials Outweigh Oil

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 12:51 GMT

Despite a drop in crude, more bad news from the banks continue to push the market south.(image)

Going Nowhere Fast

Thu, 07 Aug 2008 20:54 GMT

Sharp spikes and dips, but we're actually just in a range.(image)

Jets Go Farve For Short-Term Gain

Thu, 07 Aug 2008 19:10 GMT

Today's news from the world of football bears some resemblence to the world of investing.(image)

Fizzle Sticks

Thu, 07 Aug 2008 14:35 GMT

Retail and financials weigh on the market.(image)

Rally on Rotation

Wed, 06 Aug 2008 20:57 GMT

But the Vix is flashing a short-term sell rating.(image)

Microsoft Answers a Long Call

Wed, 06 Aug 2008 16:32 GMT

There was a sizable transaction this morning that appeared to be liquidating a position.(image)

Playing 'Who's Next?' With the Homebuilders

Tue, 05 Aug 2008 13:15 GMT

WCI's bankruptcy announcement should have put buyers in action today in the homebuilding sector.(image)

Oil Change

Mon, 04 Aug 2008 20:36 GMT

The massive selling in the energy sector today took most by surprise.(image)