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Finance Dictionary and Glossary of Investment Terms
option granting the right to sell the underlying futures contract. Opposite of a call.
An option giving the holder the right to sell a given stock (usually in lots of 100 shares) at a given price by a given date. For instance, you might buy a put that gives you the right to sell 100 shares of XYZ Corp. at $40 each by June 30. If XYZ falls to $30, you can exercise your option and still get the $40. If XYZ rises to $50, you do nothing and you''re out only the relatively modest cost of the put. Puts can be used to hedge against a decline in the price of a stock. By buying a put, you can lock in profits in exchange for a small fee.
A bondholder's right to redeem a bond before maturity; a contract that grants the right to sell at a specified price a specified number of shares by a certain date. (See call)
1. An option contract giving the owner the right, but not the obligation, to sell a specified amount of an underlying security at a specified price within a specified time. 2. The act of exercising a put option.