Options Brief: Baxter International (BAX)

BAX – Baxter International, Inc. – Medical supplies manufacturer, Baxter International, Inc., received a long-term vote of confidence by one bullish options investor today despite the 0.70% decline in the price of its shares to $40.70. It looks like the optimistic individual purchased a plain-vanilla debit call spread, buying 10,000 calls at the January 2011 $45 strike for a premium of $2.15 each, and selling 10,000 calls at the higher January 2011 $50 strike for $0.90 apiece, in order to position for a sharp rally in Baxter’s shares by expiration. The net cost of the bullish transaction amounts to $1.25 per contract. Thus, the investor responsible for the trade is prepared to make money as long as BAX shares surge 13.6% to surpass the effective breakeven price of $46.25 by January 2011 expiration day. Maximum potential profits of $3.75 per contract, for total gains of $3.750 million, are available to the call spreader should Baxter’s shares jump 22.85% to exceed $50.00 by expiration next year. The medical supplies maker’s shares last traded above $50.00 back on April 23, 2010, when the stock touched an intraday high of $51.56.

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