Waste Management (WM) is down 57 cents to $35.09 and 6680 calls traded on the bank ahead of earnings, Thursday before market. The volume represents 4X the typical volume and compares to 480 puts. It includes a buyer of 2,500 Jan2012 40 calls at $2.20 in morning trading and a buyer of 2,500 January 2012 40 calls at $2.10 in more recent action. The call purchases might close an existing position, as open interest is 10.6K and the second largest position in the name. Implied volatility in WM is up about 5 percent, but remains low at 21.5.
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