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What are the costs (fees & other expenses) to buy a Call on Apple to expire in February 2013?
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This all depends on what your broker charges you for commission and fees. You will usually pay the normal trade commission: $5-$10 and then pay an additional amount per contract purchased. For example, in my case I pay $5.95 per trade and .75 cents for each contract purchased. This applies whether I buy to open or sell to open.
Each broker will vary but the above will be about the same across all the low-cost brokers.
The actual cost of the option will also vary on what strike you decide to purchase. A Feb $600 strike has a bid/ask of $15-$15.20. Shooting for the middle, you will pay about $1510, plus the commission for 1 call contract.
Hope this helps.
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