WHAT are MICRO E-mini s&p 500 futures?

Micro E-mini S&P 500 futures (product symbol MES) are based on the S&P 500 Index, a broad-based market capitalization weighted index that tracks 500 of the largest (or large-cap) U.S. companies. This index is widely followed as a key indicator of the health of the U.S. stock market, This smaller-sized electronic futures contract gives traders an opportunity to take positions on whether the performance of the S&P 500 Index will go up or down in value.

At $5.00x's the S&P 500 Index price, Micro E-mini S&P 500 futures provide a broader universe of individual traders the opportunity to discover the benefits of trading futures by lowering the amount of money required to enter the market.

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

  1. As a leading gauge of U.S. economy, this contract offers hedging and risk management opportunities against volatile moves in the U.S. stock market performance.
  2. More cash efficient than trading the equivalent ETF.
  3. The global markets don’t sleep. This contract allows traders stock exposure and growth opportunities in an index that offers almost 24-hour trading, six days a week.

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

Micro E-mini S&P 500 futures are “futures contracts” on an equity index benchmark. They are cash-settled contracts with 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 performance will rise or fall.

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Micro E-mini S&P 500 MES

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Contract Month
Five months in the March Quarterly Cycle (March, June, September, December, March)
Trading Hours
CME Globex: Sun-Fri: 5:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mon-Fri: Daily trading halt from 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Micro E-mini S&P 500
Contract Size
$5 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
$1.25 per contract
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
CME Globex: Sun-Fri: 5:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mon-Fri: Daily trading halt from 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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


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