Vivus Pharmaceuticals (VVUS) is up a nickel to $26.17 and more than 6,400 Sep 23 puts have traded on the biotech today on ISE. Customers are buying to open, according to ISEE data. 8,300 Sep 23 puts on VVUS now traded across all the exchanges. Total volume on the stock is 13,000 puts and 4,100 calls. 30-day ATM vols are up 10 percent and elevated at 149. Bearish trading in VVUS might be a play on Arena’s June 27 PDUFA date for obesity drug lorcaserin and the company’s own Jul 17 PDUFA for Qnexa.
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