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Exercise price

The price at which the security underlying an options contract may be bought or sold.
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Strike Price

In options, an agreed-upon price for which the underlying is bought (in case of a call) or sold (in case of a put) if the option is exercised. For a call option to be profitable, the strike price must be lower than the market value of the underlying at the time the option is exercised. The opposite is true for a put: the strike price must be higher than the market value. In most cases, the amount of the strike is stated in the option contract; however, in Asian options, the strike is a formula, rather than a set price. For example, the strike may be the average price of the underlying over a set period of time. The strike price is also known as the exercise price or the striking price.
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exercise price

The dollar price at which the owner of a warrant or an option can force the writer to sell an asset (in the case of a call option or warrant) or to buy an asset (in the case of a put option). The exercise price is set at the time the option is issued and, except for unusual instances that include warrants, remains constant until the option expires. A market price of an asset above, or expected to be above, an option's exercise price gives the option value. See also aggregate exercise price, step-up.
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Exercise price.

An option's exercise price, also called the strike price, is the price at which you can buy or sell the stock or other financial product that underlies that option.

The exercise price is set by the exchange on which the option trades and remains constant for the life of the option.

However, the market value of the underlying investment rises and falls continuously during the period in response to market demand.

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The company stated, "The limited controls and the lack of definitive processes for stock option granting and approval allowed for abuse, including on three separate occasions the apparent use of hindsight in the establishment of more favorable grant dates and exercise prices for options." OI will restate its financial statements, reducing retained earnings and increasing additional paid in capital by $371,000.
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CEO Steve Jobs voluntarily turned in 55 million stock options, with a weighted average exercise price of $18.31, in exchange for 10 million restricted shares worth $74.5 million (based on a $7.45 share price).
Re-pricing options to a lower exercise price results in lower earnings, while failure to re-price could lead to the loss of talented employees.
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Finally, Part V discusses the potential additional benefit of providing in the option plan for the use of previously acquired shares of employer stock to pay the exercise price under an ISO, and explores other means of facilitating the exercise of ISOs by employees.
The final piece of the incentive-equation puzzle is determining the exercise price at which the LSOs will be in-the-money.
offered restricted stock or cash (if less than $3,125) in exchange for stock options, vested or not vested, with exercise prices equal to or greater than $44.
Moreover, assuming that the company's stock price increases over time, subsequent grants will be at higher exercise prices. This should keep stock option grantees focused on continuous performance improvement.
For example, if the exercise prices of the options in the above examples were raised to $30 from $25, the value of the options using Black-Scholes would fall to $4.56 and $1.57, versus $5.75 and $2.80, for the small and large companies, respectively.

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