I was recently short FDC, off and on, and made money every trade. Last week I was short 800 shares. But I got out fast... They were just short term overbought trades for scalps. Usually a pretty good hit rate, but one bad trade could wipeout many good ones. Anyway, since they are system trades I don't look at too many other things, but FDC kept going up on increasing volume even when the rest of the market was down. What scared me was reading ole Steve Smith over at Real Money say that option volume was something like 2 or 4 to one on the call side. He made the comment to the effect of "might be a buyout at a 25% premium..." Up $6 today. I would have taken a good beatin' on it (thank you front runners!). Was I the only one not to know about this? Was it just "common knowledge" by traders, or a good guess? I hate to think anything crooked went on... Sorry for the ramble. Thanks.