The E-Mini S&P500 compared to the existence of many other E-mini contracts and designated by the commodity ticker symbol ES, is a stock index market futures contract traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on the Globex electronic trading platform The conceptual value of one contract is $50 times the value of the S&P 500 stock index.
The E-Mini S&P was introduced by the Chicago board of mercantile Exchange on September 9, 1997, after the value of the existing S&P contract, then valued at $500 times the index, or over $500,000 at the time became too large for many small traders. The E-Mini quickly became the most popular equity index futures contract in the world.
The Emini-NQ is the second most liquid traded contract, the E-mini NASDAQ-100 contract is one fifth of the original NASDAQ-100 index based contract
The current average daily implied volume for the E-mini is over $100 billion in comparison to the traded dollar volume of the underlying 500 stocks
The E-Mini contract trades 24 hours per day from 6:00 pm Sunday – 5:15 pm Friday New York time/EST.
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US Holiday Market Closed
|MLK, Jr.||13-17 Jan 2017|
|Presid Day||17-21 Feb 2017|
|Good Friday||13-17 April 2017|
|Mem Day||26-30 May 2017|
|Indepen Day||3-5 July 2017|
|Labor Day||1-5 Sept 2017|
|Columb Day||9 Oct 2017|
|Vet Day||10 Nov 2017|
|ThanksGiving||22-24 Nov 2017|
|Christmas||22-26 Dec 2017|
|New Year’s||29 Dec 17 – 2 Jan 18|
** Note: This schedule is subject to change. Trading hours are usually finalized approximately two weeks prior to the holiday.
Chicago board of mercantile exchange
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) or the Merc is a financial and commodity derivative exchange based in Chicago .
The (CME) trades several types of financial instruments: interest rates, equities, currencies, and commodities. It also offers trading in alternative investments, such as weather and real estate derivatives.
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Globex electronic trading platform
Electronic trading platforms typically stream live market prices on which users can trade and may provide additional trading tools, such as charting packages, news feeds and account management functions.
The E-mini S&P 500 and E-mini NQ are the most liquid E-mini contracts traded
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