Lorillard (LO) is up $1.18 to $69.61 and hit session highs of $69.9 on takeover chatter Friday — Briefing. In the options market, 7,840 calls traded on the day, or about 12X the expected for midday. July 70, Aug 75, and Sep 75 calls are the most actives, as some short-term speculators hope to profit from the stock’s upward momentum. Implied volatility is moving up to 31.5, from about 29 late Thursday.
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