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# Options/Future Markets

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Allen has been investing in the stock market for quite some time and had some success with equity investments. Recently, a friend suggested that he start to use options in his portfolio as a means to increase his returns. Allen decided to purchase a March, 2009 expiration call option on Stock X, which carried an exercise price of \$500 that was selling for \$15. Two weeks later, shares of Stock X were trading for \$480.6. Now that the stock price is lower than the purchase price, the options are worthless. However, when Allen waited an additional two weeks, the stock price climbed to \$510. Allen, feeling a bit of anxiety, decides to exercise the option and realize some gains.

-In exercising this option, what price is Allen getting the stock for?
-What is the value at exercise of the option?
-Calculate the profit or loss on this transaction.
-How might Allen have covered this position to limit his exposure?
-How might you use calls like this to increase an investments performance?

#### Solution Preview

If Allen exercises his options, he will get the stock at the exercise price of \$500. However, his total purchase cost at exercise of option will be \$515 (\$500 exercise price plus \$15 cost of call option).

If he exercises the option, gets the stock and sells it at market price of \$510, he will loose \$5 per stock as his total ...

#### Solution Summary

Discusses a scenario related to stock options.

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