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To implement the right of the holder of an option to buy (in the case of a call) or sell (in the case of a put) the underlying security.


In option contracts, to buy (in the case of a call) or sell (in the case of a put) the underlying asset. The option holder has no obligation to exercise the option, and only does so if he/she believes it benefits him/her. Depending upon the nature of the option, this may be done at any point during the life of the contract, or it may only be done on the contract's expiry date. The strike price of the sale is agreed-upon in the option contract, that is, before the option is exercised.


To require the delivery (for example, a call option) or to force the purchase (for example, a put option) of the option's underlying asset. Many options expire without being exercised because the strike price stated in the option is unfavorable to the holder.


When you act on a buying or selling opportunity that you have been granted under the terms of a contract, you are said to exercise a right.

Contracts may include the right to exchange stock options for stock, buy stock at a specific price, or buy or sell the security or product underlying an option at a specific exercise price.

For example, if you buy a call option giving you the right to buy stock at $50 a share, and the market price jumps to $60 a share, you'd likely exercise your option to buy at the lower price.

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This would allow health care professionals to identify individuals at greater risk of developing muscle weakness or worsening of HF symptoms, including exercise intolerance.
There may be a link between exercise intolerance and genetic make-up which restricts or promotes exercise depending on your genes.
Since age 66, she has had progressive exercise intolerance without a second wind phenomenon.
The signs include hair loss, excessive drinking and urination, exercise intolerance, a pot-bellied abdomen, chronic infections, together with l symmetrical hair loss.
Beginning in mid 2001, she had progressive exercise intolerance without a second wind phenomenon.
Patients with heart failure (HF) most commonly present for care with one of three patterns: with exercise intolerance, with leg (or abdominal) swelling, or with no symptoms directly referable to left ventricular dysfunction (these patients are then found to have HF upon evaluation of their presenting complaints).
A high index of suspicion should be present when an HIV-infected patient presents with progressive shortness of breath and/or exercise intolerance with no evidence of infection or underlying cardiopulmonary condition.
The most characteristic symptom of MELAS is exercise intolerance and recurring, stroke-like episodes in which sudden headaches are followed by vomiting and seizures.
Low testosterone levels may contribute to exercise intolerance and general fatigue in men with heart failure.
In the heat, dogs develop an exercise intolerance, made worse if they are overweight or have a full coat.
Prof Susan Ward, of Glasgow University, said the project would focus on links between genetic components in the body and exercise intolerance.
Each year more than one million Americans have their first heart attack, putting them at risk of developing CHF as a result of cardiac cell death and scar formation which results in diminished pumping ability of the heart and leads to exercise intolerance and fluid retention.