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Questions tagged [put-options]

This tag is to be used for any question on put-options. i.e. an agreement or right to sell a stock or commodity at a specific price. Related tags [call-options, options, options-assignment, option-exercise] should be used when appropriate.

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Options for dummies. Can you explain how puts & calls work, simply?

I never understood Puts or Calls. Could anybody explain it like I were a child?
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How can put options be used to buy shares at a lower price?

How to use puts, if you are a net buyer of stocks? I read an article about Warren Buffet buying Burlington Northern stocks and how he used puts to lower the buying price of the shares. Please, ...
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Why do speculators short-sell a stock when they wish to go short, rather than purchase put options?

I'm still trying to figure out, why, if a speculator believes a security will go down in value they use the tradition route of short-selling, when it would seem that purchasing put options is the less ...
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Do companies sell puts when buying back shares?

Say company X has a share price of $80. They think their shares are undervalued, and their board approved a buyback of $1 billion. Can company X use the $1 billion to sell puts at $79, with the idea ...
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How does one typically exit (close out) a large, in-the-money long put option position?

I'm long some puts on a stock that has dropped a great deal. I've made $400,000 on an investment of $100,000. The question is, how do I exit? I can't really sell the puts because there isn't enough ...
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Am I understanding buying options on stock correctly

I'm just wondering if I am understanding Stock options correctly. Basically if I am watching stock XYZ. It's currently at $10 per share which I believe is low and should raise to 20 within 1 month. ...
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Why won't my retirement account let me write a “covered put”?

My retirement account (a traditional IRA) will let me write a covered call, where I sell a call option if I have the underlying securities (for instance, 100 shares of IBM). The shares are required to ...
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What does this statement regarding put options mean?

I read an article in the NY Times, but I don't understand what this statement means: “The 16 puts on Cisco are offered at 71 cents. We should buy 1,000,” he says to a trader sitting across the desk,...
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How do you calculate the rate of return (ROR) when buying and selling put options?

How do you calculate the rate of return (ROR) when buying and selling put options?
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Can a put option and call option be exercised for the same stock with different strike prices?

Refer to http://finance.yahoo.com/q/os?s=PEI&m=2011-10-21 If I were to sell a call @ 15 and sell a put @ 13, come October 21, is it possible for BOTH of the options sold to be exercised?
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Options for the intelligent but inexperienced

(Related to "Options for Dummies" and "What are some good options strategies...") I've been an investor in stocks for the past 14 years and have the confidence that I know what I'm doing. (Not that I ...
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Funneling money from a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA using Options: Is my method possible and tax legal?

I'm new IRAs and I have both a traditional and Roth. My plan is to buy stocks in the IRA and buy protective puts in the Roth that guaranty a maximum risk of 5% or less across both accounts. I expect ...
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Options: Letting it expire or sell when profiting?

Do you let your options expire or would you sell it before you let it expire if you're profiting (meaning you're in the green - market is going towards the correct direction you anticipated). If you ...
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why some brokerage does not allow uncovered (cash secured) put via online order?

In past, I had brokerage accounts with Vanguard and I have option level approved for writing uncovered put( Level 4). I could place covered call orders via the website. But to place uncovered put ( ...
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How to record a written put option in double-entry accounting?

I have been using double-entry accounting to carefully track my financial situation for a couple of years now, but I am just dabbling with stock options for the first time. I wrote a put option (sold ...
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Is selling put options an advisable strategy for a retiree to generate stable income?

Suppose a retiree wants to generate stable income from selling S&P500 (or other stock index) put options. Is this an advisable strategy for a retiree?
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Options strategy - When stocks go opposite of your purchase?

I'm a bit new to options and would like to ask for someone's strategy opinion. Lets say that you buy a call at an expiration date 2 months or so from now, and in a few days you see the stock go flat ...
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Can I profit from selling a PUT on BBY?

http://www.google.com/finance/option_chain?q=NYSE:BBY If I sell a Put at a $28 strike price, I'll earn $0.26/share (times 100 for one contract) = $26 today, correct? And as long as BBY doesn't drop ...
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Are buying puts valid portfolio protection?

Any article you read on buying puts for downside protection always walks through the optimal outcome. It goes like this: You buy cheap puts, the market declines before your puts expire and you have a ...
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Can you write a put option without sufficient funds to meet the potential obligation?

When writing a put option does your account have to be funded so that if the buyer exercises the right to sell you can meet your obligation, or can you write the put option without the funds to meet ...
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Option trading: High dollar value stock option and equity exposure

Probably an elementary question on options: If I trade options of a high dollar value stock, I will be exposed to higher equity as 1 option = 100 shares. Is there a way to reduce equity exposure? ...
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Buying puts without owning underlying

I'm looking to buy puts for short-term option trading. My time horizon is a week to two weeks at most. I only ever trade the options - I never hold to expiration. When I attempt to buy a put, I get an ...
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Do stock option prices predicate the underlying stock's movement?

I am trying to understand if my thinking is correct or not. I am looking at a stock that is @ $10.00. When I look at the options on the stock $11, $12... calls are all down today and $11, $12... ...
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Trying to get my head around how options work

A stock X is trading at $215. I bought a put at a strike price $195 for $2.55 premium(paid $255) expiring June 7. Today the stock is down by $15 to $200. However, the price of my put is reduced from $...
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What is a bull put spread?

When someone in the stock market says they are going to do a bull put spread, what does that mean, and what services do they use to do it?
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How to Hedge delta and gamma of a put option simultaneously?

Say you took a short put position of 100 options (as you feel the option is undervalued). This put has a Delta of -0.5, so to make the portfolio delta-neutral you short 50 shares of the underlying ...
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Put Option Payoff Replication (Dynamic Hedging)

We know that we can use the below equation in the link to replicate the payoff of a call option using stocks and bonds. I am wondering what the equation would look like for a put option instead. In ...
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What is the face value of sovereign and Britannia gold coins?

I have seen claims on the internet saying sovereigns have face value of £1 and £100. These coins therefore have an embedded put option at the strike being the face value.
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How urgent is it to close put options when a company enters bankruptcy? How likely is it to have trading halted?

I own Jan-2020 put options on a company in bankruptcy, but the stock is trading between .25 and .50 and my limit orders to sell those puts are not getting filled yet. The trading on the shares has ...
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Is it possible to see option prices from the past?

For example, I can look up what a companies stock price was like in the past, but I can't look up an option chain from the past.
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Taxes, Puts and the Wash Rule

If an investor sells a stock at a loss and on the next day, he sells a put on the same stock, does the selling of the put trigger the wash rule? Does it matter if the put was sold out of the money? I ...
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Difference between Black-Scholes, Binomial models and Market price in European index options?

Need some help! I have calculated the theoretical price of an index option using BS and Binomial models and are now comparing the three. While BS and Binomial have approximately the same value, ...
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Put Option Pricing

I'm looking to buy a put option, but I don't understand the pricing. There is a stock X, and it trades at $200 / share. A 1 week put option is priced at $0.75 / option. But to actually make the trade ...
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Starting with options trading

I am a regular trader with stocks but I am a complete beginner with options. I am referring to a few online resources like here and here However, I have a few questions. Say I call a stock at $50 ...
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Stock options: payoff diagrams assume European style exercising

Most literature on stock option strategies expresses payoff outcomes in terms of European options -- namely, ones that can only be exercised on the expiration date. See this Iron Condor payoff ...
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How do you go about exercising a put option with less than 100 shares?

I've 50 shares of a company and I'm wanting to leverage that with a put option (Buy to Open, with the expectation share price might drop). When the prices is right and I want to exercise the option(...
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Difference between European and American options

Appreciate some help with a problem i am facing OK, so first I found a put and call option with same strike price and maturity for both American-style and European-style options. I selected the ones ...
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OTM puts or ITM puts in fear of market crash

If I own some shares, but at the same time I am afraid of a market crash, should I buy OTM puts or ITM puts?
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When does it make sense to early exercise a deep in the money put option

I understand the logic for call options. When dividends exceed the time value left, then it is profitable to early exercise a call. But the same does not hold for a put. So, when to early exercise a ...
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Is a naked put really that risky

The word 'naked' in relation to options is synonymous with unlimited risk. But 'naked' puts are limited risk, the risk is limited to the strike price. So , why is it classified in the same category by ...
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Options “Collar” strategy vs regular Profit/Loss stops

I just found out about the option "collar" strategy which is implemented with a long put and a short call. My understanding is that a collar limits the profit as well as the loss on the underlying ...
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Why does a long/purchased call option have a long position in the option itself?

I am teaching myself some finance through a book. And I get confused by call/put options having short/long position in the options themselves or the underlying assets. For example, I understand the ...
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Why do put option prices go higher when the underlying stock tanks (drops)?

Why do higher and lower strike prices for options all go up when a stock tanks? I am looking at Apple today (as an example), and with it down $8 today and currently at $376, why would the October ...
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What happens if you sell a put and the company splits or spins off a business?

I'm considering selling FB Jan 2022 puts at the $145 strike and I'd like to know what would happen in the following scenarios. Scenario #1 Facebook spins off or sells Instagram and/or WhatsApp prior ...
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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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Portfolio insurance

I am thinking about betting the house, rather than the car, and will essentially pour all my entire net worth into the market. I am trying to find a way to protect myself against a major crash. I am ...
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Why don't options chain prices vary smoothly?

I'm looking at options chains for SPY for some particular expiry date. I'd expect that the last trade prices would vary smoothly with the strike price. But they don't; there are occasional puts that ...
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How does share consolidation impact options?

Kinder Morgan Canada did a share consolidation that took effect today. I see there are still options out there that reflect the unconsolidated price. Would someone buying the put option after the ...
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Exercise a put option when shorting is not possible

Sometimes when I want to short a stock, my broker says that no shares are available for borrowing. In this situation, can I buy a put and exercise it immediately and end up with a short position? in ...
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Question about margin and investing

Lets say I have $10,000 cash in an account and margin buying power of $20,000. I sell a put that is worth $9,000 and it gets exercised. Will I be using margin since i have enough cash in the account ...