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The chart above, and the stock's historical volatility, can be a helpful guide in combination with fundamental analysis to judge whether selling the January 2014 put or call options highlighted in this article deliver a rate of return that represents good reward for the risks. We calculate the trailing twelve month volatility for Wells Fargo & Co. (considering the last 251 trading day closing values as well as today's price of $42.76) to be 16%.

In mid-afternoon trading on Monday, the put volume among S&P 500 components was 665,891 contracts, with call volume at 1.31M, for a put:call ratio of 0.51 so far for the day. Compared to the long-term median put:call ratio of .65, that represents very high call volume relative to puts; in other words, buyers are preferring calls in options trading so far today. Find out which 15 call and put options traders are talking about today.

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