Sidewinder Update: CVS (NYSE: CVS), Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB)

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Yesterday morning, CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS ) announced earnings of 79 cents a share, which beat estimates by one cent. The company's stock is currently down five cents to $32.67 per share, and it looks like an investor is betting that the stock could remain relatively unchanged throughout the longer-term. The January 2011 30-35 strangle crossed 5,000 times out of the gate thanks to an investor who sold these spreads for $5.08 . The investor is calling for volatility to come in and range-bound movement in the stock.

Biogen Idec Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB ) announced earnings of $1.20 per share this morning, which beat estimates by 15 cents a share. The company also issued upside guidance for the year, which sent the stock up 86 cents, or 1.6%, to $53.70 during the first 30 minutes of trading. We saw heavy strangle action out of the gate, as an investor sold the March 50-55 strangle and simultaneously bought the March 45-60 strangle 4,000 times . The investor collected a net premium of $1.50 for the package, also referred to as an iron condor.



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This article appears in: Investing , Options

Referenced Stocks: BIIB , CVS

Karla Yeh

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