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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Inc., McLean, Va., is being awarded an $8,007,010 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-99-C-1011) to exercise an option for the procurement of engineering and technical services to support Communications- Electronics Advanced Technology (CEAT) Systems.
Anteon Corp., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $5,023,915 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00178-02-C-2001) to exercise an option for continuing technical and administrative support for Surface Combat System Configuration Management Support.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Information Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $20,691,896 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-00-C-0289) to exercise an option for the Fiscal Year 2004 production requirement for six Reconfigurable Transportable (RT) Consolidated Automated Support System (CASS) for the U.S.
Professional Software Engineering, Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded a $7,978,468 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery and indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-00-D-0402) to exercise an option for engineering, technical and management support services in support of the Marine Corps Distance Learning Program.