Placing an Options Trade

Placing an Options Trade

You can place an options trade in your app:

  1. Tap the magnifying glass in the top right corner of your home page.
  2. Search the stock you’d like to trade options for.
  3. Tap the name of the stock you’re looking for.
  4. Tap Trade in the bottom right corner of the stock’s Detail page.
  5. Tap Trade Options.
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You can learn more about different options trading strategies in our 
Options Knowledge Center.

Things to Consider When Choosing an Option

There are many things to consider when choosing an option:

  • The expiration date is displayed just below the strategy and underlying stock. You can scroll right to see expirations further into the future.
  • The strike prices are listed high to low; and you can scroll up or down to see different strike prices.
  • The premium (price) and percent change are listed on the right of the screen.
    • What’s the price and percent change?
      • The value shown is the mark price (see below).
      • The +/- % change is today’s cost movement for the contract.
  • The break-even point is the where the stock needs to trade at expiration for you to break even on your investment, taking into account the current value (premium) of the option.
  • The break-even percentage is the amount the underlying stock needs to move between now and expiration for you to break even on your investment if you’ve chosen the “buy” strategy.
  • The chance of profit percentage is the probability your investment will be profitable if you’ve chosen the “sell” strategy. We use the Black Scholes model to determine the probability of your investment’s profitability. 

Options Availability

Not all stocks can have options because of certain regulatory standards. Some of these include:

  • Stocks with low prices
  • Stocks with low trading volumes
  • Stocks with low market caps

Keep In Mind

Robinhood doesn’t support options trading on stocks we don’t have on the platform. For a guide to eligible stocks on our platform, check out Assets Available on Robinhood.

No Options Market Orders or Stop Orders

We’ve decided not to support market orders because the spreads on options contracts are typically much larger than stocks, and because options contracts have much less liquidity in the market. Placing limit orders will give your order a better chance of being executed at the price you want. This way, you’ll know how much you’re going to pay to buy a contract. For the same reason, we also don’t support stop orders.

You can place Good-til-Canceled or Good-for-Day orders. Your app’s default setting is Good-for-Day, but if you’d like to enter a Good-til-Canceled order, you can simply tap the clock icon and select Never Expires when you place your order.

Good-til-Canceled versus Good-for-Day Orders

A Good-til-Canceled order remains open until you cancel it, or it’s filled. A Good-for-Day order is automatically canceled at market close on the day it’s placed if it doesn’t execute.

Keep In Mind

Options don’t trade in the extended-hours session.

Options Valuations

The “value” of the option is the number that we display on the top right corner of the options contract (e.g. $.35). This is the value we use to calculate your overall portfolio value on your home screen and in your graphs. This value is the option’s mark price. The mark price is the midpoint between the bid price and the ask price, and it’s used as the simplest way to determine the value of an option.

Levels

We’re required to create levels of options trading that determine who can execute specific strategies, depending primarily on your experience trading options and the complexity of the strategy. Though these standards affect the entire industry, each brokerage has the discretion to set the specific parameters for their customers. At Robinhood, if you’re given a Level 2 designation, you can execute the following options trades:

  • Long Calls, Long Puts
  • Covered Calls
  • Cash-Covered Puts

If you’re given a Level 3 designation, you can execute all of the above trades, along with the whole collection of fixed-risk spreads, including Iron Condors, Iron Butterflies, and Credit Spreads.

Day Trades

Just like stock trading, buying and selling the same options contract on the same day will result in a day trade. It’s the same contract if the ticker symbol, strike price, expiration date, and type (call or put) are all the same.

Keep In Mind

You’re only allowed to make three day trades within a five-trading-day sliding window before being considered a pattern day trader.

Gold Buying Power

Options on Robinhood behave like high-volatility stocks, which means that you can’t use Gold Buying Power to purchase them. 

Extended-Hours Trading

Options don’t trade during the extended-hours session on Robinhood.

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