VZ Apr 2020 65.000 put

OPR - OPR Delayed Price. Currency in USD
14.98
0.00 (0.00%)
As of 12:43PM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close14.98
Open14.98
Bid12.40
Ask13.10
Strike65.00
Expire Date2020-04-17
Day's Range14.98 - 14.98
Contract RangeN/A
Volume1
Open Interest304
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