Options Brief: Auxilium Pharmaceuticals (AUXL)

AUXL – Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – Shares of the specialty biopharmaceutical company fell as much as 6.85% during the trading session to attain a new 52-week low of $19.99. AUXL’s shares declined following a downgrade to ‘perform’ from ‘outperform’ at Oppenheimer this morning, and are currently down 4.3% to close the trading day at $20.54. The decline in Auxilium’s shares today inspired one options investor to purchase a plain-vanilla debit put spread on the stock. The trader purchased 2,000 now deep in-the-money puts at the July $22.5 strike for a premium of $2.85 apiece, spread against the sale of the same number of puts at the lower July $20 strike for a premium of $1.20 each. The net cost of the transaction amounts to $1.65 per contract, thus positioning the bearish player to accrue maximum potential profits of $0.85 per contract if shares of the underlying stock trade below $20.00 by July expiration day.

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