Pfizer (PFE) is up 38 cents to $22.71 and perhaps getting a lift from today’s 4.1 percent rally in Merck (MRK), which is up on drug trial news and a Citigroup upgrade. Recent options trades on Pfizer include a Dec 20 – 24 risk-reversal at 4 cents, 27300X on ISE. The investor sold puts to buy calls, 32000X total, and is opening a new position, according to ISEE. The bullish combo is being intiated ahead of Pfizer’s July 31 earnings report.
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