VNO Jun 2020 65.000 put

OPR - OPR Delayed Price. Currency in USD
2.2600
0.0000 (0.00%)
At close: 12:30PM EST
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Previous Close2.2600
Open2.2600
Bid10.9000
Ask14.2000
Strike65.00
Expire Date2020-06-19
Day's Range2.7000 - 2.7000
Contract RangeN/A
Volume222
Open Interest42
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