CMCSA Mar 2020 40.000 put

OPR - OPR Delayed Price. Currency in USD
0.8700
0.0000 (0.00%)
As of 2:54PM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close0.8700
Open0.8700
Bid0.7900
Ask0.8200
Strike40.00
Expire Date2020-03-20
Day's Range1.0700 - 1.0700
Contract RangeN/A
Volume38
Open InterestN/A
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