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Bulls like NPS Pharma before panel vote

Someone is bullish on NPS Pharmaceuticals before the company's Food & Drug Administration panel meeting next month.

optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker monitoring program detected the purchase of approximately 5,000 September 30 calls for $1.15. A similar number of September 24 puts were sold around the same time for $1.20, so they collected a small credit.

They now stand to profit from a rally and will lose money if it drops. Every contract will initially track about 58 shares, and that correlation will increase to 100 if the stock surges above $30 or falls below $24. If it remains between those two levels through expiration, both halves of the trade will become worthless.

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NPSP rose 1.42 percent to $27.14 yesterday, and is sitting at the lower of its recent trading range. It's moved sideways for almost a year, consolidating from a 400 percent rally in 2013.

The next big event comes on Sept. 12, when an FDA panel will review the company's Natpara hormone treatment.

Total option volume was 14 times greater than average in the session, according to Heat Seeker.

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