Traders and investors from every corner of the globe consider the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) as an ideal way of engaging the broader U.S. equities market. In response to the public interest, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) offers S&P Emini futures to individuals wanting to take their shot at one of the premier… Read more.
The new 737 MAX 8 aircraft from Boeing experienced two devastating crashes between October 2018 and March 2019. The impact of each was nothing short of catastrophic, both on the humanitarian and financial fronts. Official investigations revealed striking similarities between the crashes, prompting many aviation authorities to deem the 737 MAX unfit for commercial use.… Read more.
A stock index simply represents a basket of underlying stocks. Indices can be either price-weighted or capitalization-weighted. In a price-weighted index, such as the Dow Jones Industrials Average, the individual stock prices are simply added up and then divided by a divisor, meaning that stocks with higher prices have a higher weighting in the index value.
Part Four: The Outsiders Grain and oilseed markets have their own factors that directly affect their price on a daily basis. Weather and supply and demand factors would be considered the most affective. However, a novice trader in the grain and oilseed markets may not be aware of other existing markets. These markets are called… Read more.
Cotton futures drove down in value Monday as the dollar's sharply increasing value deterred exports of the soft fiber and other commodities, Bloomberg reports. When held up against six rival monetary units, the U.S. dollar drove to its top price in six weeks. Cotton futures sank to their lowest value in about nine months. The… Read more.
Importers canceled large amounts of cotton sales from the U.S., pushing down cotton prices the most in about 10 sessions. Bloomberg reports orders for nearly 33,000 cotton bales were cancelled for week ended May 19, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. Since March, when cotton futures notched their all-time record price, the price of the soft… Read more.
When it comes to Futures Spreads, many traders ask us what is the benefit of spreading futures contracts. They want to know why we often choose to spread futures contracts instead of either being long or short a single futures contract or option, or use option spreads instead.
India tempering its cotton output projections helped push up the price of cotton futures in New York as they increased by the maximum allowed for the second straight day, Bloomberg reports. En route to marking its largest annual gain since the early 1970s, the soft fiber runs the risk of falling short of China's demand.… Read more.
The Chicago Board Options Exchange claimed victory in its legal battle with the International Securities Exchange, as a court in Illinois ruled that it held exclusive trading rights for Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 options. The CBOE holds contracts from the owners of both indexes, giving it an exclusive right to list or… Read more.