What are Options? They are a contract that is sold to one trader, the option writer to another trader, the option holder. The contract gives the buyer the right but not the obligation to buy sell the security on the agreed price; the strike price. All contracts (options) will expire on a certain date.
Calls - gives the right to buy.
Puts - gives the right to sell.
This morning Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc.(NASDAQ:AMLN) is declining lower by 24.0 percent as the companies diabetes drug failed to beat a competitors drug in a head to head test. The stock price is nearing its October 2010 low which was $9.50 a share. This double bottom low price will be some short term support for Amylin stock.
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