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Objective
A fund's investment objective states the financial goals it is aiming for, such as "growth," or "income."
Odd lot
A trading order for less than 100 shares of stock. Compare round lot.
Odds
Odds is the predicted profits divided by the predicted losses obtained by projecting the stock price randomly into the future using the Statistical Volatility (SV). The prediction stops at the expiration of the earlist expiring option leg.
OEX
This term, pronounced as three separate letters, is Wall Street shorthand for Standard & Poor's 100 stock index.
Off-floor Trader
A trader who does not trade on the actual floor of an organized futures of stock exchange.
Offer
Indicates a willingness to sell at a given price. Related: Bid
Offer Down
The change of the offer of the market related to a downward price movement at that specific time.
Offering Price
Also known as the "ask" price, the offering price is the amount at which a mutual fund's shares can be purchased. To calculate the offering price, add a fund's current net asset value per share to its sales charge, if any.
Offset
Elimination of a current long or short position by making an opposite transaction. Related: Buy in, Evening up, Liquidation
Omnibus account
An account carried by one futures commission merchant with another futures commission merchant in which the transactions of two or more persons are combined and carried in the name of the originating broker, rather than designated separately. Related: Commission house, Futures commission merchant
On-the-Money
The option in question is trading at its exercise price (also referred to as at-the-money).
One year forward growth
Average major brokerage firm financial analyst estimate of future year's growth in earnings.
One year return
The amount a security or fund has appreciated in one year's time.
Open contracts
Contracts which have been bought or sold without the transaction having been completed by subsequent sale or purchase, or by making or taking actual delivery of the financial instrument or physical commodity.
Open interest
The total number of futures contracts traded in a given commodity that have not yet been liquidated either by an offsetting futures transaction or by delivery. Related: Liquidation
Open order
An order to a broker that is good until it is canceled or executed.
Open Trades
A current trades that is still held active in a customer's account.
Open-end fund
Also called a mutual fund, an investment company that stands ready to sell new shares to the public and to redeem its outstanding shares on demand at a price equal to an appropriate share of the value of its portfolio, which is computed daily at the close of the market.
Open-Outcry
The method of trading used at futures exchanges, typically involving calling out the specific details of a buy or sell order, so that the information is available to all traders.
Opening Call
A period at the opening of a futures market in which the price for each contract is established by outcry.
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