Some terms you need to know to navigate derivatives

Derivatives can seem intimidating, but with a little bit of knowledge you can begin to navigate this important corner of the investment world. Here are some common terms in the futures and options markets to help get you going.

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Groupon filing for IPO = a real tech bubble?

Coupon website Groupon Inc. filed Thursday to go public, looking to raise up to $750 million. The two-and-a-half-year-old Chicago-based company turned down a $6 billion takeover offer from Google Inc. last year and instead sought to pursue a public offering. After the craze of LinkedIn’s IPO, Groupon’s IPO is deemed to be another sign for a tech bubble by many people.

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CME Group’s depressed shares worth a second look

When Chicago-based derivatives exchange CME Group Inc. holds its annual meeting next week, among the concerns shareholders may bring up is its stock price, which has fallen 14 percent over the past year, and lagged behind some of its peers. Meanwhile, competition in the sector is as fierce as ever.

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China restaurant stocks look tasty after Yum deal

With U.S. fast food giant Yum! Brands Inc. seeking to dig deeper into the China restaurant market with its proposed Little Sheep acquisition, other Chinese restaurant chain stocks, like Ajisen China Holdings Ltd. (0538.HK), are also drawing the market’s attention.

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