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Protalix Bio gets vote of confidence

Mike Yamamoto (mike.yamamoto@optionmonster.com)

One trade is betting that Protalix Bio Therapeutics will hold current levels for the next several months.

optionMONSTER's systems detected the sale of 2,000 May 5 puts, led by a block of 1,912 that went for $0.60. Open interest in the strike was a mere 9 contracts at the start of the session, so this is a new position.

The put seller is looking for PLX to stay above $5 at expiration in mid-May. Below that level, the trader faces the obligation to buy the stock at an effective price of $4.40 once the credit from the put sale is taken into account. (See our Education section)

PLX closed fractionally higher yesterday at $5.33. The biopharmaceutical company spiked higher from below $5 in the previous session on reports that it is on the verge of a deal that would allow it to sell a treatment for a rare genetic disesase on the Brazilian market. The stock broke above its 50-day moving average on that move and is now trying to hold above its 100-day line.

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