XLU Jan 2021 61.000 put

OPR - OPR Delayed Price. Currency in USD
5.30
0.00 (0.00%)
As of 3:48PM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close5.30
Open5.30
Bid4.30
Ask4.45
Strike61.00
Expire Date2021-01-15
Day's Range5.30 - 5.30
Contract RangeN/A
Volume50
Open Interest741
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