Stillwater Mining (SWC) is up 13 cents to $12.65 and options action is heating up, with some speculative call buying seen in the Billings, MT miner. 2,186 August 15 calls traded (56 percent Ask). Another 1080 Aug 14s changed hands (88 percent Ask). Implied volatility is up 6 percent to 71 the day after the company provide a corporate update for activity through the first six months of 2010. Perhaps the call buying is in reaction to something said during the presentation. (Might be related to: Norilsk Nickel, our Russian affiliate, announced earlier this year that it is considering a sale of its Stillwater interest — at the moment they own about 51% of our outstanding shares
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