WHAT are E-mini s&p 500 futures?

The S&P 500 Index is a broad-based market capitalization weighted index that tracks 500 of the largest companies in leading industries in the US economy. This index also serves as a key indicator of the health of the US stock market. The S&P 500 is a futures contract that allows market participants to take positions on the performance of the S&P 500 index electronically in an active and liquid marketplace.

WHY would you want to trade E-MINI S&P 500 futures?

  1. The global markets don’t go to sleep. CME Group futures are open nearly around the clock and provide both trading opportunities and risk mitigation ability at all times.
  2. Most financial and commodity products are cyclical in that they experience times of low and high volatility environments. The ability to access such a diverse set of products in one place means there is almost always a trading opportunity.
  3. S&P 500 is viewed as a gauge for market performance.

HOW DO you trade e-mini S&P 500 futures?

Equity Index futures are “futures contracts” on equity indices. They are cash settled contracts and the majority have quarterly expiration dates scheduled for the months of March, June, September, and December.

With a single transaction, investors can use equity index futures products to manage risk or seek profits based on whether they think the stock market will rise or fall.  

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E-mini S&P 500 EP

Last Trade as of CST. 10 Minutes Delayed Quote. Powered by CQG
Contract Month
H, M U, Z (Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec)
Trading Hours
Sunday – Friday 5:00pm – 4:00pm CT with a trading halt from 3:15pm – 3:30pm CT; Daily Maintenance period Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 5:00pm
E-mini S&P 500
Contract Size
$50 X S&P 500 Index
Trading Venue
CME offers electronic trading almost 24/6
Minimum Tick
0.25 index points
Product Symbol
Dollar Value of One Tick
$12.50 U.S. Dollars
Options Available
Quarterly, Serial, Weekly
Notional Value
Product Name
E-mini S&P 500
Options Expirations
Weekly (M,W,F), Monthly, Quarterly
Options Symbol
Monthly - EW
Weekly Monday - E1A-E5A
Weekly Wednesday - E1C - E5C
Weekly Friday - EW1- EW4
Quarterly - ES
Trading Venue
Trading Hours
Sunday – Friday 5:00pm – 4:00pm CT with a trading halt from 3:15pm – 3:30pm CT; Daily Maintenance period Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Type Of Expiration
Minimum Tick Size
Outright: 0.25=$12.50 for premium >5.00 Reduced Tick: 0.05=$2.50 for premium < or =5.00




1/17/2018 2:03:00 PM CT

E-mini Dow up 1%

1/17/2018 2:02:00 PM CT

E-mini NASDAQ-100 up 1%

1/12/2018 3:50:00 PM CT

E-mini Dow up 1%

Source: Redsky Markets


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