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Options Wrap: Get Ready for Options


Guns, bears, and a potential Smithfield Foods pullback.

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL The following are the most read articles on options that have appeared on Minyanville so far this week.

How to Play Smith & Wesson Ahead of Earnings

Guns, guns, and more guns -- this seems to be the latest slogan that the American people are rallying behind, and Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC) is the benefactor of this sentiment. The Obama Administration has been having talks about a possible tightening of the reins on gun control; this is encouraging everyone from gun enthusiasts to police officers to buy their guns now, if or before the regulations come into play. Read more...

Bearish RIMM Options Play

As most know, shares of Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) have nearly doubled over the past few weeks on a combination of simply no sellers left, some thinking that the new BB10 will actually sell well and some analyst upgrades. This led to a virtuous loop of short covering, which led to more price momentum and more analyst upgrades.

This seems to have run its course.

Smithfield Foods Option Traders Brace for a Pullback

The shares of Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE:SFD) are in the black this afternoon, with the stock approaching nine-month highs. However, despite outperforming the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) by 13.5 percentage points during the past couple of months, SFD remains plagued by pessimism. In fact, it looks like options traders may be bracing for a post-earnings pullback for the packaged meat producer.
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