I figure all youpros can shed some light on this..
Do you get the benefits of a stock dividend when you only own a call option for x number of shares? Do you then control x+ dividend number of shares upon maturity of the option?
Motorola will split into 2 companies on January 4th and I'm considering buying some call options maturing after the split.
So the transaction will go down like this: prior to January 4th current stockholders will receive a stock dividend of Motorola Mobility shares (that the company splitting off) and then the old company will do a reverse stock split.
The question is once my options mature will that include control over Motorola Mobility shares that were distributed through a stock dividend?
Part 2: What happens to your options if there is a reverse stock split? Since fewer shares are outstanding does that mean you still have a contract to be able to purchase the original amount?