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Recent Alerts - Current Margins - Contract Specifications

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"Man looks in the abyss, there's nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss."  Lou Mannheim

 

Recent Trade Alerts - Contract Specifications And Margins

 

Emini S&P  

Full Margin $3,850 / Day Margin $500

 

 

(ES) SP 500

 

Focused on 500 large-cap U.S. stocks, the S&P 500 is the second-most followed index for large-cap stocks after the Dow. The S&P 500 is  considered by many to be the bellweather in regards to both short and longer term trends. The S&P 500 is the most heavily traded futures contract at the CME - Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Average daily volume ranges from 1-3 million contracts.

 






E-mini S&P 500 Futures
Opening Date 9/9/1997
Ticker Symbol ES
ES= Clearing
View product and vendor codes
Contract Size $50 x E-mini S&P 500 futures price
Tick Size (minimum fluctuation) OUTRIGHT 0.25 index points=$12.50
CALENDAR SPREAD 0.05 index points=$2.50
Trading Hours
All time listed are Central Time
CME Globex
(ETH)
MON-THURS: 5:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Daily maintenance shutdown 4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)
SUN: 5:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Contract Months Five months in the March Quarterly Cycle (Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec)
Last Trade Date/Time
View Calendar
CME Globex
 
Trading can occur up to 8:30 a.m. on the 3rd Friday of the contract month
Settlement Procedure Daily E-mini S&P 500 Settlement Procedure (PDF)
Final E-mini S&P 500 Settlement Procedure (PDF)
Daily Price Limits RTH: Successive 10%, 20%, 30% limits (downside only)
ETH (overnight): 5% up or down
View price limits details.
Position Limits Work in conjunction with existing S&P 500 position limits
Block Trade Eligibility No. View more on block-trade eligible contracts.
Block Minimum N/A
Rulebook Chapter 358
Exchange Rule These contracts are listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of CME.

 

Source: CME Group

 

Gold Futures

Full Margin $9,112 / Day Margin $4,556

 

 

Gold(GGC) Gold

 

 

Gold futures are hedging tools for commercial producers and users of gold. They also provide global price discovery and opportunities for portfolio diversification.
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Gold Futures
Product Symbol GC
Venue CME Globex, CME ClearPort, Open Outcry (New York)
Hours
(All Times are New York Time/ET)
CME Globex: Sunday – Friday 6:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (5:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Chicago Time/CT) with a 45-minute break each day beginning at 5:15 p.m. (4:15 p.m. CT)
CME ClearPort: Sunday – Friday 6:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (5:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Chicago Time/CT) with a 45-minute break each day beginning at 5:15 p.m. (4:15 p.m. CT)
Open Outcry: Monday – Friday 8:20 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (7:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT)
Contract Size 100 troy ounces
Price Quotation U.S. Dollars and Cents per troy ounce
Minimum Fluctuation $0.10 per troy ounce
Termination of Trading Trading terminates on the third last business day of the delivery month.
Listed Contracts Trading is conducted for delivery during the current calendar month; the next two calendar months; any February, April, August, and October falling within a 23-month period; and any June and December falling within a 72-month period beginning with the current month.
Settlement Type Physical
Settlement Procedure Daily Gold Settlement Procedure (PDF)
Final Gold Settlement Procedure (PDF)
Delivery Period Delivery may take place on any business day beginning on the first business day of the delivery month or any subsequent business day of the delivery month, but not later than the last business day of the current delivery month.
Trading at Settlement (TAS) Trading at Settlement is allowed in the active contract month. The active contract months will be February, April, June, August and December. On any given date, TAS transactions will be allowed only in a single contract month. TAS transactions may be executed at the current day’s settlement price or at any valid price increment ten ticks higher or lower than the settlement price.
Grade and Quality Specifications Gold delivered under this contract shall assay to a minimum of 995 fineness.
Position Limits NYMEX Position Limits
Rulebook Chapter 113
Exchange Rule These contracts are listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of COMEX.

Source: CME Group

 

Soybean Futures

Full Margin $5,062 / Day Margin $2,531

 

 

Soybeans(ZS) Soybeans

 





Soybean Futures
Contract Size 5,000 bushels (~136 metric tons)
Deliverable Grade #2 Yellow at contract price, #1 Yellow at a 6 cent/bushel premium, #3 Yellow at a 6 cent/bushel discount
Pricing Unit Cents per bushel
Tick Size (minimum fluctuation) 1/4 of one cent per bushel ($12.50 per contract)
Contract Months/Symbols January (F), March (H), May (K), July (N), August (Q), September (U) & November (X)
Trading Hours CME Globex (Electronic Platform)
5:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Sunday - Friday Central Time
Open Outcry (Trading Floor)
9:30 am* - 2:00 pm Monday - Friday Central Time
*opens at 7:20 a.m. CT for major USDA crop reports
Daily Price Limit $0.70 per bushel expandable to $1.05 and then to $1.60 when the market closes at limit bid or limit offer. There shall be no price limits on the current month contract on or after the second business day preceding the first day of the delivery month.
Settlement Procedure Daily Grains Settlement Procedure (PDF)
Final Soybean Settlement Procedure (PDF)
Last Trade Date The business day prior to the 15th calendar day of the contract month.
Last Delivery Date Second business day following the last trading day of the delivery month.
Product Ticker Symbols CME Globex (Electronic Platform) ZS
S=Clearing
Open Outcry (Trading Floor) S
Exchange Rule These contracts are listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of CBOT.

Source: CME Group

 

Crude Oil

Light Sweet Crude Oil (Physical) futures are an outright crude oil contract between a buyer and seller. The contracts also serve as a key international pricing benchmark.

 Full Margin $5,610 / Day Margin $2,805

 

 

Crude(CL) Crude

 





Light Sweet Crude Oil Futures
Product Symbol CL
Venue CME Globex, CME ClearPort, Open Outcry (New York)
Hours
(All Times are New York Time/ET)
CME Globex Sunday - Friday 6:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. New York time/ET (5:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Chicago Time/CT) with a 45-minute break each day beginning at 5:15 p.m. (4:15 p.m. CT)
CME ClearPort Sunday – Friday 6:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (5:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Chicago Time/CT) with a 45-minute break each day beginning at 5:15 p.m. (4:15 p.m. CT)
Open Outcry Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM (8:00 AM to 1:30 PM CT)
Contract Unit 1,000 barrels
Price Quotation U.S. Dollars and Cents per barrel
Minimum Fluctuation $0.01per barrel
Maximum Daily Price Fluctuation Initial Price Fluctuation Limits for All Contract Months. At the commencement of each trading day, there shall be price fluctuation limits in effect for each contract month of this futures contract of $10.00 per barrel above or below the previous day's settlement price for such contract month. If a market for any of the first three (3) contract months is bid or offered at the upper or lower price fluctuation limit, as applicable, on Globex it will be considered a Triggering Event which will halt trading for a five (5) minute period in all contract months of the CL futures contract, as well as all contract months in all products cited in the Associated Products Appendix of rule 200.06. Trading in any option related to this contract or in an option contract related to any products cited in the Associated Products Appendix which may be available for trading on either Globex or on the Trading Floor shall additionally be subject to a coordinated trading halt.
Termination of Trading Trading in the current delivery month shall cease on the third business day prior to the twenty-fifth calendar day of the month preceding the delivery month. If the twenty-fifth calendar day of the month is a non-business day, trading shall cease on the third business day prior to the last business day preceding the twenty-fifth calendar day. In the event that the official Exchange holiday schedule changes subsequent to the listing of a Crude Oil futures, the originally listed expiration date shall remain in effect. In the event that the originally listed expiration day is declared a holiday, expiration will move to the business day immediately prior.
Listed Contracts Crude oil futures are listed nine years forward using the following listing schedule: consecutive months are listed for the current year and the next five years; in addition, the June and December contract months are listed beyond the sixth year. Additional months will be added on an annual basis after the December contract expires, so that an additional June and December contract would be added nine years forward, and the consecutive months in the sixth calendar year will be filled in.

Additionally, trading can be executed at an average differential to the previous day's settlement prices for periods of two to 30 consecutive months in a single transaction. These calendar strips are executed during open outcry trading hours.
Settlement Type Physical
Settlement Procedure Daily NYMEX Energy Futures Settlement Procedure (PDF)
Final NYMEX Energy Futures Settlement Procedure (PDF)
Trading at Settlement (TAS) Trading at settlement is available for spot (except on the last trading day), 2nd, 3rd and 7th months and subject to the existing TAS rules. Trading in all TAS products will cease daily at 2:30 PM Eastern Time. The TAS products will trade off of a "Base Price" of 0 to create a differential (plus or minus 10 ticks) versus settlement in the underlying product on a 1 to 1 basis. A trade done at the Base Price of 0 will correspond to a "traditional" TAS trade which will clear exactly at the final settlement price of the day.
Trade at Marker (TAM) TAM trading is analogous to our existing Trading at Settlement (TAS) trading wherein parties will be permitted to trade at a differential that represents a not-yet-known price. TAM trading will use a marker price, whereas TAS trading uses the Exchange-determined settlement price for the applicable contract month. As with TAS trading, parties will be able to enter TAM orders at the TAM price or at a differential between one and ten ticks higher or lower than the TAM price. Trading at marker is available for spot month on the last trading day.

Light Sweet Crude Oil (CL) spot, 2nd and 3rd months and nearby/second month, second/third month and nearby/third month calendar spreads

No-Activity Periods:
4:30 p.m. London time - 5:50 p.m. Eastern time Monday - Thursday
4:30 p.m. London time Friday - 5:20 p.m. Eastern time Sunday

Delivery

(A) Delivery shall be made F.O.B. at any pipeline or storage facility in Cushing, Oklahoma with pipeline access to TEPPCO, Cushing storage or Equilon Pipeline Company LLC Cushing storage. Delivery shall be made in accordance with all applicable Federal executive orders and all applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations. For the purposes of this Rule, the term F.O.B. shall mean a delivery in which the seller:
  • provides light "sweet" crude oil to the point of connection between seller's incoming and buyer's outgoing pipeline or storage facility which is free of all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, fees and other charges;
  • in the event of the buyer's election to take delivery by interfacility transfer ("pumpover") to either TEPPCO, Cushing or Equilon Pipeline Company LLC, Cushing, from seller's delivery facility, bears the lesser of the pumpover charge applicable for pumpover from seller's delivery facility to TEPPCO or Equilon Pipeline Company LLC;
  • retains title to and bears the risk of loss for the product to the point of connection between the buyer's outgoing and the seller's incoming pipeline or storage facility.
(B) At buyer's option, such delivery shall be made by any of the following methods:
  • By interfacility transfer ("pumpover") into a designated pipeline or storage facility with access to seller's incoming pipeline or storage facility.
  • By in-tank transfer of title to the buyer without physical movement of product; if the facility used by the seller allows such transfer, or by in-line transfer or book-out if the seller agrees to such transfer.

© All deliveries made in accordance with these rules shall be final and there shall be no appeal.

(D) Any seller delivering less than 5 contracts for one customer shall deliver out of storage at the Equilon Pipeline Company LLC facilities, unless the buyer and seller mutually agree to exempt the seller from this requirement.

 

Delivery Period (A) Delivery shall take place no earlier than the first calendar day of the delivery month and no later than the last calendar day of the delivery month.

(B) It is the short's obligation to ensure that its crude oil receipts, including each specific foreign crude oil stream, if applicable, are available to begin flowing ratably in Cushing, Oklahoma by the first day of the delivery month, in accord with generally accepted pipeline scheduling practices.

© Transfer of title-The seller shall give the buyer pipeline ticket, any other quantitative certificates and all appropriate documents upon receipt of payment.

The seller shall provide preliminary confirmation of title transfer at the time of delivery by telex or other appropriate form of documentation.
Grade and Quality Specifications Please see rulebook chapter 200
Position Limits NYMEX Position Limits
Rulebook Chapter 200

Exchange Rule

These contracts are listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of NYMEX.

Source: CME Group

 

Euro Currency Futures

Full Margin $3,300 / Day Margin $825


 

Euro(6E) Euro

 





EUR/USD Futures
Contract Size 125,000 euro
Contract Month Listings Six months in the March quarterly cycle (Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec)
Settlement Procedure Physical Delivery
Daily FX Settlement Procedures (PDF)
Final FX Settlement Procedures (PDF)
Position Accountability 10,000 contracts
Ticker Symbol CME Globex Electronic Markets: 6E
Open Outcry (All-or-None only): EC
AON Code: UG

View product and vendor codes
Minimum Price Increment $.0001 per euro increments ($12.50/contract). $.00005 per euro increments ($6.25/contract) for EUR/USD futures intra-currency spreads executed on the trading floor and electronically, and for AON transactions.
Trading Hours OPEN OUTCRY (RTH) 7:20 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
GLOBEX (ETH) Sundays: 5:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Central Time (CT) next day. Monday – Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT the next day, except on Friday - closes at 4:00 p.m. and reopens Sunday at 5:00 p.m. CT.
CME ClearPort Sunday – Friday 6:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (5:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Chicago Time/CT) with a 45–minute break each day beginning at 5:15 p.m. (4:15 p.m. CT)
Last Trade Date / Time
View calendar
9:16 a.m. Central Time (CT) on the second business day immediately preceding the third Wednesday of the contract month (usually Monday).
Exchange Rule These contracts are listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of CME.
Block Trade Eligibility Yes. View more on Block Trade eligible contracts.
Block Trade Minimum 150 Contracts
EFP Eligibility Yes. View more on EFPs.

Source: CME Group

 

Nasdaq-100

Full Margin $2,200 / Day Margin $500


 

Nasdaq(NQ) Nasdaq

 





E-mini NASDAQ 100 Futures
Opening Date 6/21/1999
Ticker Symbol NQ
NQ= Clearing
View product and vendor codes
Contract Size $20 x E-mini NASDAQ-100 futures price
Tick Size (minimum fluctuation) OUTRIGHT
0.25 index points=$5.00
CALENDAR SPREAD
0.05 index points=$1.00
Trading Hours
All time listed are Central Time
CME Globex
(ETH)
MON-THURS: 5:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Daily maintenance shutdown 4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)
SUN: 5:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Contract Months Five months in the March Quarterly Cycle (Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec)
Last Trade Date/Time
View Calendar
CME Globex
 
Trading can occur up to 8:30 a.m. on the 3rd Friday of the contract month.
Settlement Procedure Daily E-mini NASDAQ Settlement Procedure (PDF)
Final E-mini NASDAQ Settlement Procedure (PDF)
Daily Price Limits RTH:  Successive 10%, 20%, 30% limits (downside only)
ETH (overnight):  5% up or down
View price limits details
Position Limits Work in conjunction with existing NASDAQ-100 futures and options position limits.
Block Trade Eligibility No.
Block Minimum N/A
Rulebook Chapter 359
Exchange Rule These contracts are listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of CME.

Source: CME Group

 

Emini Dow

Full Margin $2,750 / Day Margin $500


 

Dow(YM) Dow

 





 

E-mini Dow ($5) Futures

Opening Date 4/5/2002
Ticker Symbol YM
YM= Clearing
View product and vendor codes
Contract Size $5 x E-mini Dow ($5) futures price
Tick Size (minimum fluctuation) 1.00  index points=$5.00
Trading Hours
All time listed are Central Time
CME Globex
(ETH)
MON-THURS: 5:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Daily maintenance shutdown 4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)
SUN: 5:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Contract Months Four months in the March Quarterly Cycle (Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec)
Last Trade Date/Time
View Calendar
CME Globex
 
Trading can occur up to 8:30 a.m. on the 3rd Friday of the contract month
Final Settlement Procedure Cash Settlement. All open positions at close of last day of trading are settled in cash  to the Special Opening Quotation (SOQ) on Friday a.m. of the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index. See SOQ FAQ.
Settlement Procedure Daily E-mini Dow Settlement Procedures (PDF)
Daily Price Limits RTH:  Successive 10%, 20%, 30% limits (downside only)
ETH (overnight):  5% up or down
View price limits details
Position Limits The aggregate position limit in BIG Dow ($25) futures, E-mini Dow ($5) futures and options, and DJIA ($10) futures and options is 50,000 DJIA ($10) futures-equivalent contracts, net long or short in all contract months combined
Block Trade Eligibility No. View more on block-trade eligible contracts.
Block Minimum N/A
Rulebook Chapter 27
Exchange Rule These contracts are listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of CBOT.

Source: CME Group

 

 

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