Activity Alert for Sanofi (SNY)

Posted on 02/07/2013 by Norm Sorkin

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- Sanofi options set a new 90-day record for the number of contracts that exchanged hands between the buyers and the sellers on both the call and put side. Aggregate volume of puts was 3,437 and calls were 3,245 equating to a 1.06 put/call ratio.

Investors use options to manage risk and to speculate on price changes. Options can provide significant leverage if the stock moves in the right direction but aslo end up worthless if it doesn't.

Several of Sanofi's pipeline products will be entering crowded markets. The new products face not only regulatory risk, but also the risk that relative efficacy and safety won't measure up to standards. Additionaly, Total and L'Oreal believe their combined 10%-plus ownership of Sanofi to be nonstrategic. While past selling efforts by the firms haven't greatly affected Sanofi's stock price, a major selling campaign by either company could create significant downward pressure.

Sanofi is trading at $45.30, down $2.04 (4.31%) in today's trading session. The daily low is $44.50 and the high is $45.35. The trading volume of 5M is above the average volume of 1M shares. SNY is trading below the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $33.03 and 52 week high is $49.56. Within the last week, the shares have lost -3.51% of their value. The stock has a P/E ratio of 16.18 and a dividend yield of 3.71%.

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