Options Summary

Accessing the Options Summary page

There are different ways to access the Options Summary page. The easiest way is from the Charts & Tools tab. Scroll down to the Summary Pages and select Options Quotes. Enter the stock symbol and click Go.

How To Use Options Data

The options data displayed will be for the symbol you typed in before getting to this page. If you wish to view options data for another symbol, enter it in the symbol box and hit enter or select Go.

1Quote Details. This is where you see symbol-specific information such as the stock price, market cap, and volume. Below this info is the options data.

2Options Chain. Select List View.

3Expiration. From the Expiration dropdown menu, you can select the expiration date for which you want to view the options data. The expiration dropdown menu includes all available expiration periods from the front month to the further months. Each expiration shows the days to expiration (DTE) in brackets. Weekly or quarterly options will be designated with a (W) or (Q), respectively.

The options chain is displayed as a table where you have the contract, last trading date, strike price, bid, bid size, ask, ask size, mid-price, volume, open interest (OI), implied volatility (IV), delta, theta, gamma, vega, and rho.

If that's too much data, uncheck the Show All Columns button to see fewer columns. Your choice.

  • Slide the left blue dot toward the center of the bar.

  • Slide the right blue dot toward the center of the bar.

  • If you want to see fewer or more strikes, adjust the position of the blue dot.

How can you use this data? If you're interested in trading calls or puts via covered calls, cash-secured puts, or protective puts, the list view may be helpful since you're only focused on OTM puts and calls.

Looking at Put and Call Data Side by Side

If you're considering trading options spreads, you may prefer the Straddle View, which displays call and put data side by side, arranged by strike prices.

  • Select the Straddle View

  • The data is similar to what was in the List View.

  • Seeing the put and call data side by side can be helpful when you trade vertical spreads, calendar spreads, or straddles.

StockCharts members can add the options data to their ChartLists and/or create alerts based on options price action.

Viewing ChartLists in Options View

Members can also view the symbols in their ChartLists using the Options Summary. From Your Dashboard, select Options from the View As dropdown next to the ChartList you wish to view. Alternatively, you can switch to Options View from other ChartList formats, such as Summary, Gallery View, or CandleGlance. Select Options from the View List As dropdown.

The Options View will display detailed options data about each symbol in your ChartList, one at a time. Above the chart, you can use the Select List dropdown to choose a different ChartList to view. Use the Select Chart dropdown to choose a specific symbol in the ChartList to display. The arrow buttons on either side of this dropdown menu allow you to quickly cycle through the ChartList's contents.

You can add or edit notes for the entire ChartList by clicking the ChartList Notes box at the bottom of the screen. Click the Save button once you've made your changes. For more editing functionality, use the Edit List button at the top of the screen to load the ChartList in Edit View.

The Delete List and New List buttons can delete the current ChartList and create a new ChartList, respectively.

Helpful Resources

The following is a brief synopsis of some options terminology.

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