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Anatomy of a Reverse Stock Split

Option contracts can be standard or adjusted. Certain corporate events may change standard option contracts to adjusted contracts. These events include stock splits, mergers, acquisitions, special dividends, spin-offs and reverse splits. After these events, options are altered to reflect these changes and make buyers and sellers of options whole. This article will focus in on […]

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contract adjustments and covered call writing

Special 1-Time Cash Dividends and Strike Prices of American Depository Receipts (ADRs)

Contract adjustments for covered call writing and put-selling are not uncommon events and we must be prepared when they occur. From time to time a certain corporate event will take place that will alter the terms of an equity options contract, making it different from the original standardized terms such as the number of deliverable […]

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covered call writing and stock splits

Stock Splits Can Cause Panic: Relax, All is Well

You write a covered call on a stock trading at $165.00 and sell the $170.00 call option. A few days later, your stock is trading at $28.00 and the strike you sold no longer appears on option chains. What do we do? Panic? Curl up into the fetal position and feel sorry for ourselves? Research […]

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contract adjustments following reverse stock splits

Reverse Splits and Unreliable Options Chains

Stock splits are corporate events where the number of shares in circulation changes as well as the price -per-share. If we own 100 shares at $50.00 per share pre-split and the stock splits 2-for-1, then we will own 200 shares at $25.00 post-split. The value of our position ($5000.00) does not change.   What is […]

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