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Not sure what to make of this: If true, this is very grim news indeed.
1 posted on 08/31/2007 1:13:23 PM PDT by mojito
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And yet no names of these speculators ever comes to light.... just that it happens, like it happens every day,...


2 posted on 08/31/2007 1:20:08 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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The pre-9/11 options traders *bought* shares of airliners and protected the value of those shares with options contracts. Had it just been the options contracts alone (which was what was reported), it would have been a big deal.

The current options move has a single Player buying both puts and calls...a harmless spread trade, but the article is only mentioning one side of that trade in order to be sensational.


3 posted on 08/31/2007 1:22:41 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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TFH Alert!


4 posted on 08/31/2007 1:23:00 PM PDT by xcamel (FDT/2008 -- talk about it >> irc://irc.freenode.net/fredthompson)
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Dispelling the ‘Bin Laden’ Options Trades:
http://www.thestreet.com/newsanalysis/optionsfutures/10377063.html


5 posted on 08/31/2007 1:24:26 PM PDT by Califelephant
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8 posted on 08/31/2007 1:37:31 PM PDT by BJClinton (And then it occured to me: a real rocket scientist posted the Friday silliness thread on Thursday.)
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Huge surges in purchases of “put options” on stocks of United Airlines and American Airlines, the two airlines used in the attacks, and “put options” on Merrill Lynch & Co., and Morgan Stanley, stocks of two financial services companies hurt by the attack were noted.

This conspiracy crap has been totally debunked. The market conditions at the time made those positions "resonable".

9 posted on 08/31/2007 1:49:59 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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A couple of critical things the article doesn't address (which makes it pretty worthless):

1. What is the *usual* put option volume?

2. What is the volume of *call* options on the mentioned dates?
12 posted on 08/31/2007 5:02:53 PM PDT by billybudd
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BMFLR


14 posted on 09/01/2007 8:24:08 AM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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Half an hour to closing. Down 260. Look out below!


15 posted on 09/07/2007 12:06:55 PM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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