Put option chain explained
Depending on which option chain you are looking at, the call options may be listed above the put options or sometimes the calls and puts are listed side-by-side. The first column lists all of the different strike prices of the stock that you can trade.
X" is the ticker symbol for the 09 December 25 call option. The symbol identifies 4 things: The third column lists the last price at which an option was traded was opened or closed. It's the price at which the transaction took place. This transaction could have been minutes, days, or weeks ago, and may not reflect the current market price. The fourth column lists the change in the options price.
It shows how much the option price has risen or fallen since the previous day's close. The Bid price is the price that a buyer is willing to pay for that particular stock option. It's like buying a home at an auction, you bid offer what you are willing to pay for the home. The Ask price is the price that a seller is willing to accept for that particular stock option this is the price the seller is "asking" for.
One stock option contract represents or controls shares of stock. This will be the actual cost of the contract. This column lists the total number of option contracts still outstanding. These are contracts that have not been exercised, closed, or expired.
The higher the open interests, the easier it will be to buy or sell the stock option because it means a greater deal of traders are trading this stock option.
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