Options traders have been turning deal chatter into quick profits.
Thursday afternoon, trading in animal health company Zoetis was halted on a Wall Street Journal report that the company was approached by Canada-based drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals for a potential takeover. When the stock reopened, shares soared more than 11 percent into the close. And that meant a cool win for one smart trader.
And seemingly right as the news hit, one trader purchased 300 of the June 26 weekly 50-strike calls in Zoetis for 34 cents. Since buying a call option allows one the right to purchase a stock at a set price for a given time, this is a bullish bet that the stock would be above $50.34 by Friday.