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Buying put options on the day of expiry and the result

This article covers a trade of $270 Strike CALL expiring on December 6th. My questions are: Can you buy a put or a call on the day of expiration? What will be this trader's speculation? The US Jobs ...
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What option exit strategies and history can be used if I want to take the profit before the expiration?

I created a P/L graph for 2 CALL OPTION contracts XYZ Jan 15 2021 120 Call. I want to take some profit before the expiration of January 15, 2021. What technical data that I can use to figure out a ...
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Selling PUT and CALL

The Option Chain of a stock is given below. The stock price now is $22.50. If I sell a $21 put, I'll receive a premium of 15 cents and I will be obligated to buy the stock at $21 if it is below $21 ...
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What do you mean by Option losing value?

I bought an XYZ $50 call for $5. Expiration is in two weeks. The day after I bought the option, there was news about a data breach and the stock's price dropped to $25. I know that the stock is not ...
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Why is this option's price so out of line?

This option's price seems completely insane: TCF Jan 17 2020 22.5 Call (TCF200117C00022500) Why is this option's price so far out?
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How to make profit when the stock price is in Out of Money?

I'm so confused by the article in Marketwatch where the author says a profit is made when the stock price is out of money. Per that article, I assume the trader bought options for a strike price of ...
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Does the wash sale rule apply when rolling options spreads?

If I short a spread and roll it over the next month at a profit, does the losing leg carry over to the new trade? Example: Short 1 January PUT $200 Strike +$100 Long 1 January PUT $150 Strike -$30 ...
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What is the strategy to gain profit from an option which has less volatility?

The following is the chart of Delta Airlines. The stock moved between the price of $52 and $62 for the last 6 months or so. Looking at this chart, someone who bought a PUT or CALL at the strike price $...
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Just selling options and collecting premium

Suppose I sell an OTM put one strike away and collect that premium. Once assigned, I would sell a call at that same strike to collect that premium. For example: AAPL is trading at $261.74 1) Sell 1 ...
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Does option follow the market or investment made in it?

I have started doing option trading and as per my knowledge so far price of option rise or fall depends upon the delta (I am considering only delta for this example for brevity). For my question I ...
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What value should be used for a TrailingStop $ for a PUT Option in eTrade trading platform?

I have a PUT contract for a XYZ stock with a strike price of $160. I'm speculating that the stock price of XYZ can go down in the next few weeks. I would like to set up a TrailingStop order for a $ ...
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What is the Profit for a scenario on the day before expiration?

I have 1 contract of a CALL OPTION of a XYZ stock. The strike price is $155. The purchase price is $15. The Expiration is Jan 3 2020. The current price of the stock is $161. I paid $1515 for owning ...
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Buying a PUT OPTION in the Out Of The Money

The scenario is this. The price of a XYZ stock is $150. I speculate that the stock price can go to $200 and then retreat to $160 in six months. Is it possible to buy a PUT OPTION at strike price $199 ...
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Finding the Profit/Loss for different scenarios for a call option of a XYZ stock

I have 1 contract of a CALL OPTION of a XYZ stock. The strike price is $155. The purchase price is $15. The Expiration is Jan 3 2020. The current price of the stock is $161. I paid $1515 for owning ...
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Protection against put-options writers bankruptcy

It's possible to hedge portfolio against the crisis by buying put-options. One thing that worrying me - what if insurers will be bankrupt when you need them the most. This crisis insurance (put-...
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When I write an option, do I have to pay interest on it? And can I invest the proceeds?

I have two closely related questions about what happens when I write a naked option. My understanding of short-selling a stock is that as long as the short position is open, my brokerage will (or ...
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How to reduce margin requirement when shorting calls?

When I naked-call (short) cash-settlement options, like VIX, the margin requirement is very high. I tried some spread strategies to protect (e.g., buy same-expiration call at a higher strike), but ...
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What are the payoffs for a seller of call options?

Suppose IBM stock is trading at $100 per share and a trader purchases one IBM $100 call option for $2.00 per contract. Scenario 1 IBM is $105 at expiration. The buyer's profit would be $300 (...
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How to find the most efficient gamma and vega hedging

I want an options position where I can short some options to pocket the premiums and benefit from the time decay. I also want to be vega and gamma neutral. Is there an established way to find which ...
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Historical Data For Options? [closed]

Is there a site where I can get historical options data? Where I can see what the price of a particular option was several days ago?
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Option implied volatility and 95% losing trades?

I trade options. Whenever I buy puts or calls, I end up breaking even or losing, sometimes losing a HUGE amount of money even though price has gone my direction and time decay (theta) has been ...
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How do I know what option on a particular stock X will move the most?

Say for instance I have a view that MSFT in the coming 3 months is going to come out with a big upgrade to their full year guidance. Let's assume in the event that this happens the stock goes up a lot ...
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Which option greeks explain the majority of an option's price move?

I have recently picked up a few derivatives books for leisurely reading and have started to look into the option greeks. There are many e.g. delta, vega, theta, and gamma. There are others which are ...
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As a trader, why would you trade forex or options/futures instead of stocks?

My apology for the novice question: I've seen a certain number of people trading forex, future or options as their full time career, and my understanding is that they have all been through stock ...
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How Implied Volatility affect Options Pricing

TSLA between 23 and 24 October 2019 had their earnings report. TSLA mark price on 23 October was 252$. On 24 October, half an hour after market open reached 297$. as we saw around 44$ push. if ...
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Can you buy an option and immediately exercise it? Options delays questions

Assuming American Options Can you buy a stock option and immediately exercise it - or are you only formally given control of the option at the end of the trading day? Would you be able to sell it ...
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When does stock options start expiring on Monday and Wednesday?

I recall that traditional options expire on the 3rd Friday of the month and that weekly options expire every Friday. I was looking at Yahoo Finance and I saw some options that expire on Oct 28, ...
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When should a covered call option be bought back to avoid assignment

I am trying to learn options. I sold a covered call (weekly option) that will expire on October 25th and I want to avoid being assigned. Should I buy it back on 24th (one day early) or can it be ...
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Are options on popular ETF considered section 1256 contracts?

I want to learn about 1256 contracts and am wondering if options on common ETFs (like QQQ, SPY, DIA) (not futures) are considered section 1256, because these ETF tracks broad market but does not ...
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Understanding the notion of future options

I am currently studying different types of option-related derivatives and I am quite confused about the notion of “futures options”. My textbook says that A futures option is the right, but not ...
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Do options have CUSIP numbers?

If so, then where to find them?
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what if change in open interest is very high but volume is low [closed]

in a strike price the change in open interest is 1300000 with volume of just 1800, what does it mean if it possible please also explain difference between volume and change in open interest.
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Are stock options worth as much as shares?

I was undergoing salary increase negotiations (after a year) recently and it was decided a percentage of my salary was to be paid in shares. However, when the offer came, I noticed I would be getting ...
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Exercising Options question. Please check my math

I'm spending some time learning options and I have a scenario question. I'm attempting to have this make sense in my head but this just doesn't seem right or maybe I'm missing something. I see this ...
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How to know when to buy a call versus a put through options statistics

Is there a good method or set of methods that traders can use to know whether to buy either a short term call versus a short term put using only numbers provided in options trading?
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What is the effect of a short stock position on the value of an option?

I'm reading the book "Option Volatility and Pricing" by Natenberg and there is a paragraph I'm having trouble understanding. Chapter 7 (Risk Measurement 1), Page 98, Paragraph 2: The value of a ...
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Are there investable securities that grow nonlinearly/exponentially with the underlying asset?

Let's say I'm a commodities trader, and Jesus Christ himself has just told me that gold is about to become much, much more valuable. We'll leave the debate on whether that's insider trading to another ...
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How to calculate the relationship between a long put and a long call with the same strike price

I have noticed that, a lot of the time, long put and call options have different prices even if they are the same distance from the strike price (lower and higher respectively). Is there a name for ...
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Tax implications of rolling covered calls

I have friend who is using the covered call options. Some time these covered calls are near assignment and then my friend rolls these calls with higher strike price. What are the tax implications ?
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Realistic option graphs?

Typical option graphs are only valid at the time of expiration: This only expresses what happens at the moment of expiration (and ignores trading costs). But what about extrinsic value (theta and ...
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Why do options retain significant extrinsic value after market closing on day of expiration?

Introduction to options sources invariably say an option's extrinsic value becomes zero at expiration. However, in reality this is not the case. For example, it is almost 7pm on 8/21 and "8/21 292 SPY"...
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I sold call options that expired ITM. Why were they not exercised?

I sold two covered call positions that expired Aug 9. Both expired ITM. The 1st one's strike price was $3.00. At expiration, the stock was $3.13 so 13 cents ITM (6 contracts). The 2nd one's strike ...
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How to research option maturity dates and volume [closed]

Hello stack exchangers How do I get a list of stocks with their option maturity dates and volume? I am interested in stocks that have frequent maturity dates and high volumes. Once I have a list ...
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Are funds securing short puts in a cash account considered settled for free-riding?

For cash-secured put writing, I have enough cash in my account to cover the put if it is exercised. Is there a special category that this cash falls into with respect to free-riding? Say I wrote a $...
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How does exchange match multi-leg option orders?

Suppose I submit an order to open an iron condor or some other multi-leg stock option spread with multiple buys and sells. For example, if SPY is trading at 275, I might want to: sell a call at 290 ...
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Size limit on option buying and selling

While using Robinhood I have found that can buy/sell a maximum of 200 call options at a time. Is this a general rule for all trading clients at other brokers such as Ameritrade, Merrill Lynch, etc.?
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Selling options below bid on Robinhood

If you sell an option for cheaper than what is someone willing to pay, does Robinhood sell it for the best price or for the price you chose to sell it? I'm trying to figure out if I can do stop loss ...
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Why are vertical option spreads level 3, requiring margin?

Why are vertical spreads (e.g., buying a call at one strike and selling a call at another strike, at the same expiration date) classified as "Level 3" options strategies, therefore requiring margin? ...
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When an option expires does that constitute a buy or sell

A similar question recently asked about stock sales and option buys triggering wash sale rules. If an option expires, is that considered a buy/sale ? What I mean is: let's assume I have a call ...
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Robinhood doesn't allow you to exercise call options in the app?

On the Robinhood website, https://support.robinhood.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001331403, the following is written about exercising stock options: Can I exercise my call before expiration? Yes. ...