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XYZ stock is trading at $10/share. ABC Co. makes a partial tender offer for XYZ stock at $11/share. John Johnson holds 1000 shares of XYZ stock. After ABC Co. announces the tender offer, John writes 10 calls of XYZ stock at $10.50/share. John then tenders as many shares of XYZ stock as he is legally permitted to. How many shares of XYZ does John tender?
Correct Answer: A. 0
Rationale: John sold 10 calls after the tender offer was announced at a strike price lower than the tender offer price. As a result, the call is considered a short position for the purposes of calculating how many shares he can tender. John can tender up to his net long position in the stock, which is his long position (1000 shares) minus his short position (10 calls * 100 shares each = 1000 shares). 1000 – 1000 = 0, so John can tender 0 shares.
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