Biggest option trader. Options expert Dan Nathan explains how one trader made $ on Zoetis deal chatter in a matter of minutes.

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Thursday afternoon, trading in animal health company Zoetis was halted on a Wall Street Journal report that the company was approached by Canada-based drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals for a potential takeover. When the stock reopened, shares soared more than 11 percent into the close.

And that meant a cool win for one smart trader. And seemingly right as the news hit, one trader purchased of the June 26 weekly strike calls in Zoetis for 34 cents. Read More Animal health giant Zoetis halted for volatility on takeover report.

This isn't the first time options traders have made money on takeover talks. Just last week one trader cleaned house on reports of a Martha Stewart deal. But Nathan warns that this is not necessarily the smartest strategy for investors. I don't think you want to go out and buy calls for every stock you hear is going to be taken over or rumors floated.

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