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Option Chain Display

The Options chain table contains four groups of viewing controls located on the right side of its function bar:

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The order of the column headings can also be rearranged, and each column can be used to sort the table.

Click on an element in the graphic above to go to its explanation below.

Underlying Symbol Details

The code for the option chain's Underlying Symbol, together with its market and name, are included in the function bar.

Current trading details for the underlying security are displayed immediately below the function bar.

Calls only, Puts only or Both

The buttons on the right side of the function bar let you select whether your list includes only Calls, only Puts or both.

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Show Calls only Show Puts only Show both Calls and Puts

Note - When both Calls and Puts are displayed, the Vertical or Horizontal buttons become activated, see next topic.

Vertical / Horizontal Display

When both Calls and Puts are displayed, toggle between vertical or horizontal display:

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Display side-by-side Display on top and bottom

Calls are displayed on the left in vertical mode and on top in the horizontal mode.

Puts are displayed on the right in vertical mode and at the bottom in the horizontal mode.

This order is fixed and cannot be altered by the user.

Synchronize Scrolling

When both Calls and Puts are displayed, it can be convenient to link the series with similar expiration dates and strike prices in both the calls and puts tables. This can make comparison of the price movements for puts and calls on similar series' easier.

To synchronize the two tables, single right mouse click anywhere on either table and select Synchronize Scrolling from the pop-up menu.

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When Synchronize Scrolling is selected, scrolling one table will move the other table.

This linkage works in either the vertical or horizontal display modes, see previous section of this topic.

The separate tables can still be sorted independently, this will cause the synchronization to be lost. To ensure that the puts and calls are as synchronized as possible, always sort the tables in the same manner.

Note - In some instances there may not be a corresponding series, for example there may be a Put for a particular expiration date and strike price, but no corresponding Call was listed. This will affect the synchronization.

Custom View Selector

The custom view selector allows users to quickly change the types of data displayed for all of the currently displayed option series.

Users can define the types of options data that they want to view and save these custom views. To apply a different view, drop down the menu and select a view. Users can create and save any number of different custom views.

For more information on creating custom views, and the data types available, go to the Configure Custom Views topic.

Filters Selector

Another user-defined tool reduces the number of option series displayed.

This is achieved by filtering out option series that do not meet the criteria set by users.

The filters employ price data (price, open interest, volume, etc.) as well as expiration dates to restrict the number of option series displayed on the table.

The same filter is applied to both the put and call tables.

Option Filters are a shared utility which are also available for use with the tables on Strategy pages of the Analysis function. For more information, go to the Option Filters topic.

Column Order / Width

The order of the columns of data fields can be altered by dragging and dropping.

Click on the heading of the data column to be moved, hold down the left mouse button and drag the item across the heading list to the preferred position. As the movement is being made, a gray shadow will be dragged across the table. Release the mouse button to position the item in the new order.

Drag to new location

Resize column width

Expand the width of the data field columns by placing the mouse cursor on the border of the heading to be expanded or contracted, the cursor will change into the expand icon. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the column to the required width, release the mouse button to confirm the change.

Note - The order of the data columns can also be controlled when custom views are defined and configured.

Sort

Click on any of the headings to sort the entire list by that data field.

An arrow appears in the heading to indicate which field the list is sorted by, and in what direction.

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Sort Descending Sort Ascending

Clicking a second time will reverse the order, for example from highest first to lowest first.

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