ITB Jul 2019 36.000 call

OPR - OPR Delayed Price. Currency in USD
3.0700
+0.4500 (+17.18%)
As of 11:00AM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close2.6200
Open3.0700
Bid3.1000
Ask3.4000
Strike36.00
Expire Date2019-07-19
Day's Range3.0700 - 3.0700
Contract RangeN/A
Volume2
Open Interest7.42k
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