strike price


Definition of strike price

: an agreed-upon price at which an option contract can be exercised

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Reflecting that, the strike price for the notes, or the level at which the notes would be fulfilled by a conversion into Tesla... Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Tesla Makes Record $920 Million Payment for Convertible Bond," 1 Mar. 2019 Tesla will need to pay down the bonds entirely with cash if its shares average below the strike price from Jan. 29 through Feb. 26. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Tesla Sells $837 Million of Auto-Lease Bonds," 14 Dec. 2018 The strike price of a Xiaomi call warrant with a maturity of one year offered by Swiss bank Vontobel is HK$13.88, 18% below the IPO price. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Xiaomi Shares Slip Ahead of Official Debut," 6 July 2018 But to enhance retention during restructuring, the compensation committee -- acting without investor approval -- reduced the strike price for all awards to $9.45 a share., "Zuckerberg Testifies Before Senate Panel," 10 Apr. 2018 The Elephant’s activity could involve buying back 262,500 February VIX puts with a strike price of 12, selling 262,500 15 calls, and buying back 525,000 25 calls in order to close out the existing position. Joanna Ossinger,, "Big Volatility Players May Be on the Loose as VIX Tops 17," 2 Feb. 2018 The most-active VIX options on Monday were at strike prices like 15, 22, 18 and 16. Joanna Ossinger,, "Stock Rout Shatters Years of Calm in Markets," 5 Feb. 2018 Investors can buy cheap out-of-the-money options with a strike price way below where the security currently trades. Laurence Fletcher, WSJ, "A Decade After Crisis, Investors Have Stopped Hunting for Black Swans," 5 Sep. 2017 At the time, the strike price was slightly above where Bank of America’s shares were trading. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "It’s Official: Warren Buffett Made About $13 Billion on Bank of America Deal," 29 Aug. 2017

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of strike price

What It Is

The strike price is the specified price at which an option contract can be exercised.

How It Works

Strike prices are fixed in the option contract. For call options, the option holder has the right to purchase the underlying stock at that strike price up to the expiration date. For put options, the strike price is the price at which the underlying stock can be sold.

For example, an investor purchases a call option contract on shares of ABC Company at a $5 strike price. Over the life of the option contract, the holder has the right to exercise the option and purchase 100 shares of ABC for $500. If the price of ABC shares rises to $10, the option holder can lock in a $500 profit by exercising the option because it allows him to buy shares at $5 and sell them for $10 in the open market.

Why It Matters

The strike price is one of the most important elements of options pricing. At the expiration date, the difference between the stock’s market price and the option's strike price represents the amount of profit gained by exercising the option.

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