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Achillion Options In Focus As Shares Continue To Run

Shares in Achillion Pharmaceuticals (Ticker: ACHN) are spiking for a second consecutive session on Tuesday, up more than 60% today to $6.89, and adding to Monday’s near 60% run from $2.87 as of the close on Friday up to $4.25 at yesterday’s close. Shares in the name jumped Monday on speculation the maker of experimental drugs could be a takeover target following news that Merck & Co. (Ticker: MRK) has agreed to purchase Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Ticker: IDIX) for $3.85 billion. Achillion continued to rally on Tuesday after the company said in a press release that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has removed the clinical hold on sovaprevir, a drug being developed for the potential treatment of chronic hepatitis C viral infection (HCV), to allow the company to conduct trials in patients with HCV. Merck paid a big premium for Idenix, buying the company for $24.50 a share in cash versus Friday’s closing price for IDIX of $7.22, to acquire Idenix’s lead drug, IDX21437, to treat hepatitis C.

Some traders speculating that shares in Achillion may continue to push higher looked to the options market to position for further upside. Bullish trades initiated yesterday have in some cases resulted in significant overnight profits. In particular, buyers of around 2,000 of the Jun 5.0 strike calls on Monday paid an average asking price of $0.22 apiece for those contracts. Today, the Jun 5.0 strike calls are changing hands at $1.85 each as of 11:30 a.m. ET. Traders looking for fresh highs appear to be targeting the Jul 7.0 strike calls, with upwards of 2,100 contracts in play at present versus open interest of just 11 contracts. Time and sales data suggests most of the volume was purchased at an average premium of $1.10 apiece during the first half of the session. Buyers of the Jul 7.0 strike calls stand ready to profit at expiration next month in the event that ACHN shares rally another 22% over the current price of $6.65 to exceed the average breakeven point at $8.10.

Overall options volume on Achillion is well above normal levels, with nearly 24,000 contracts traded on the stock versus average daily volume of around 220 contracts. Both puts and calls are active on ACHN as evidenced by the put/call ratio of 1.0 as of the time of this writing.

Chart – Achillion shares up 140% this week


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Options See Little Hope For Near-Term Dreamworks Rally

Today’s tickers: DWA, GPS, SM & ACHN

DWA - Dreamworks Animation SKG, Inc. – The creator of family-favorite feature films such as the Shrek movies and more recently, Puss in Boots, popped up on our ‘hot by options volume’ market scanner this morning after a large block of call options changed hands in the December contract. It looks like the investor responsible for the transaction may be writing the calls, perhaps in the expectation that shares in Dreamworks Animation are unlikely to increase much from their current level. Shares in DWA currently trade 0.90% lower on the day at $17.24 as of 12:45 PM in New York. The investor appears to have sold 6,000 calls outright at the Dec. $17.5 strike for a premium of $0.75 per contract. The trader walks away with the full amount of premium in hand, a total of around $450,000, as long as shares in Dreamworks settle below $17.50 at expiration next month. While the calls do not appear to be tied to any simultaneous transaction in the underlying stock, it is possible the investor is already long the stock and selling covered calls. However, if the trader is naked short the call options, he could face potentially devastating losses in the event that shares spike higher in the next four weeks. In the latter scenario, the investor starts losing money on the position if shares rally 5.9% to surpass the effective breakeven price of $18.25 at expiration.

GPS - The Gap, Inc. – Shares in the operator of the Gap and Banana Republic fell 3.6% to $18.56 on Friday following the San Francisco, California-based company’s third-quarter earnings report after the final bell on Thursday. The largest U.S. clothing retailer earned $0.38 a share in the quarter, which beat average analyst expectations of $0.36 a share, however, the company reported sales of $3.58 billion, missing the consensus estimate of $3.59 billion. One bearish options trader appears to be positioning for the price of the underlying to continue to head south for the winter. It looks like the investor purchased a 1,500-lot Dec. $15/$18 put spread for an average net premium of $0.53 per contract. The strategist may profit at expiration in the event that GPS shares decline another 5.9% to breach the average breakeven price of $17.47. Maximum potential profits of $2.47 per contract are available to the trader should shares in Gap, Inc. drop another 19.2% to trade…
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