How to "Read" An Option Order?

Understand each component of an options sweep.

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Written by Team Sang Lucci & Wall St. Jesus
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Here is a visual explanation to help you understand each component of an option order. Let’s break it down.


A ticker symbol or stock symbol is an abbreviation used to uniquely identify publicly traded shares of a particular stock on a particular stock market.

Exp Date:

The option expiration date is when the option expires. If the option is out of the money at the expiration date, then it just expires worthless.

Strike Price:

The strike price of an option is a fixed price at which the owner of the option can buy or sell the underlying security or commodity.

Premium per contract:

This is the cost of the option per contract.

Implied volatility:

Implied volatility is a calculated estimate of the future volatility of the options prices.

Total premium:

This is the total premium or dollar amount paid for the order.

Additional comments:

Here you will find additional important comments such as earnings and investor day information.

Opening order:

This indicates that the trader is opening a new position and not rolling an exciting position.

Filled on multiple exchanges:

When an order is filled on multiple exchanges, it is considered a sweep.

Filled at bid/ask:

This indicates whether the order was filled closer to the bid or ask price.

The number of contracts:

The total number of contracts filled in the particular order.

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