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Futures | Interactive Tool

Futures Calculator

Use this tool to figure out what you could potentially make or lose on a trade.

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Futures Quotes & Charts

Our futures quotes and commodity charts include complete market data and enhanced features such as key technical numbers. 

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CME Group Resource Center

Whether you’re looking for new trading opportunities or a capital efficient way to manage portfolio risk, futures and options on futures offer a wide array of products to accomplish either objective. Start today by watching CME Group's top 5 reasons why traders come to the futures markets.

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Futures | FAQ

Commitments-of-Traders Report Explanation

The Commitment-of-Traders (COT) reports can sometimes give traders a good idea of future significant moves in the market. The CFTC requires large speculators and commercial traders, or hedgers, to report their net positions twice each month.

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Futures | Tutorial

Contracts Traded

Founded in 1898 as a not-for-profit corporation, in November 2000 CME became the first U.S. financial exchange to demutualize and become a shareholder-owned corporation. View information here to expand your knowledge.

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Futures | Tutorial

Expiration Months

View a brief introduction to CME’s hand signals. Anyone who works on the Exchange floors needs to know and use these signals perfectly. Hand signals are essential for successful pit trading at CME, and using the wrong signal could result in a substantial loss.

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Futures | Tutorial

Fundamental Analysis

Fundamental analysis is the study of the factors that affect supply and demand. The key to fundamental analysis is to gather and interpret this information and then to act before this information is incorporated into the futures price. This lag time between an event and its resulting market response presents a trading opportunity for the fundamentalist.

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Futures | Tutorial

Futures Contract

A futures contract is an agreement to buy or sell a commodity at a date in the future. Everything about a futures contract is standardized except its price. All of the terms under which the commodity, service or financial instrument is to be transferred are established before active trading begins, so neither side is hampered by ambiguity.

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Futures | Tutorial

Futures Exchange

Futures contracts are traded at a futures exchange and only at a futures exchange. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), like the other exchanges in the U.S., provides a place to trade, formulates rules for trading and supervises trading practices. There are currently eight futures exchanges in the U.S.

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Options on Futures | Tutorial

GLOBEX

GLOBEX is Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s global electronic trading system. The system offers computerized order entry and trade matching on a wide range of futures and options products, virtually 24 hours a day, to people around the world.

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Futures | Tutorial

Hand Signals

Hand signals – the sign language of futures trading — represent a unique system of communication that effectively conveys the basic information needed to conduct business on the trading floor.

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Futures | Tutorial

Hedgers & Speculators

Speculators are people who analyze and forecast futures price movement, trading contracts with the hope of making a profit. The producers and users of commodities who use the futures market are called hedgers.

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Options on Futures | Tutorial

Options on Futures

Options on futures were introduced in the 1980s. An option contract allows you the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying futures contract at a particular price. View information here to expand your knowledge.

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Futures | Tutorial

Orders in the Pit

A futures brokerage firm (“house”) that is a member of Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) places orders to buy or sell futures or options contracts for companies or individuals and earns a commission on each transaction. Everyone who trades futures and options on futures contracts must have an account with a futures brokerage house, which is officially called Futures Commission Merchant (FCM).

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Futures | Tutorial

Reading Quotes

Futures prices are published for every trading session, and previous day prices are reported daily in major newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal (Section 2). You can also get prices for contracts traded at CME on the CME web site www.cmegroup.com and from a number of different quote vendors.

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Options on Futures | Tutorial

Supply and Demand

The price of a product or a commodity depends on the relationship between supply and demand. If the supply and demand curves are placed on the same graph, the point where they intersect is the product’s market price. Based on all the supply and demand factors, this is the price discovered as people buy and sell the commodity or trade futures.

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Technical Analysis | Tutorial

Technical Analysis

This approach to price prediction is based on the premise that price movements follow consistent historical patterns. Those who engage in technical analysis study charts or statistics that measure price movements and try to find repetitive patterns.

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Options on Futures | Tutorial

Trading Pit

Even though more and more futures contracts are being traded online, there’s still plenty of action in the trading pits at Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and other U.S. exchanges. That’s where traders determine futures prices, which change from minute to minute as trading goes on.

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Options on Futures | Tutorial

Risk Management

Risk management and financial surveillance are the two primary functions of CME’s financial safeguard system. The system is designed to provide the highest level of safety and the early detection of unsound financial practice on the part of any clearing member.

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Futures | Guide

Futures and Options Strategy Guide

The strategies in this futures options strategy guide are not intended to provide a complete guide to every possible trading strategy.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Bear Spread
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Bear Spread

Use this if you think the market will go down, but with limited downside. Good position if you want to be in the market but are less confident of bearish expectations.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Box or Conversion
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Box or Conversion

Occasionally, a market will get out of line enough to justify an initial entry into one of these positions. However, they are most commonly used to “lock” all or part of a portfolio by buying or selling to create the missing “legs” of the position.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Bull Spread
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Bull Spread

Use this strategy if you think the market will go up, but with limited upside. Good position if you want to be in the market but are less confident of bullish expectations.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Long Butterfly
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Long Butterfly

One of the few positions which may be entered advantageously in a long-term options series. Enter when, with one month or more to go, cost of the spread is 10 percent or less of B – A (20 percent if a strike exists between A and B).

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Futures & Options Strategy: Long Call
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Long Call

Use this strategy when you are bullish to very bullish on the market. In general, the more out-of-the-money (higher strike) calls, the more bullish the strategy.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Long Futures Trading Strategy Guide
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Long Futures Trading Strategy Guide

Long futures positions may make sense when you are bullish on the market and uncertain about volatility. You will not be affected by volatility changing.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Long Iron Butterfly
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Long Iron Butterfly

This strategy is best for traders who anticipate very little price movement in the underlying asset and want to profit from low volatility conditions by collecting premium income from selling options, while also limiting potential losses through the purchase of options at wider strike prices.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Long Put Options Trading Strategy
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Long Put Options Trading Strategy

Long put options may be a strategy to consider when you are bearish to very bearish on the market. Profit increases as markets fall.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Long Risk Reversal
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Long Risk Reversal

When you are bullish on the market and uncertain about volatility. Normally this position is initiated as a follow-up to another strategy. Its risk/reward is the same as a LONG FUTURES except that there is a flat area of little or no gain/loss.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Long Straddle Pattern
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Long Straddle Pattern

This trader looks at the low implied volatility and feels that options are relatively inexpensive. The expectation is the market is poised for a big move

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Futures & Options Strategy: Long Strangle
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Long Strangle

If market is within or near (A-B) range and has been stagnant. If market explodes either way, you make money; if market continues to stagnate, you lose less than with a long straddle. Also useful if implied volatility is expected to increase.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Long Synthetic Futures
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Long Synthetic Futures

When you are bullish on the market and uncertain about volatility. You will not be affected by volatility changing. However, if you have an opinion on volatility and that opinion turns out to be correct, one of the other strategies may have greater profit potential and/or less risk. May be traded into from initial long call or short put position to create a stronger bullish position.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Ratio Call Backspread
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Ratio Call Backspread

Normally entered when market is near B and shows signs of increasing activity, with greater probability to upside.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Ratio Call Spread
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Ratio Call Spread

Usually entered when market is near A and user expects a slight to moderate rise in market but sees a potential for sell-off. One of the most common option spreads, seldom done more than 1:3 (two excess shorts) because of upside risk.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Ratio Put Backspread
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Ratio Put Backspread

Normally entered when market is near A and shows signs of increasing activity, with greater probability to downside (for example, if last major move was up, followed by stagnation).

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Futures & Options Strategy: Ratio Put Spread
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Ratio Put Spread

Usually entered when market is near B and you expect market to fall slightly to moderately, but see a potential for sharp rise. One of the most common option spreads, seldom done more than 1:3 (two excess shorts) because of downside risk.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Short Butterfly
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Short Butterfly

When the market is either below A or above C and position is overpriced with a month or so left. Or when only a few weeks are left, market is near B, and you expect an imminent move in either direction.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Short Call
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Short Call

When you are bearish on the market. Sell out- of-the-money (higher strike) puts if you are less confident the market will fall, sell at-the-money puts if you are confident the market will stagnate or fall.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Short Iron Butterfly
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Short Iron Butterfly

Enter when the Short Iron Butterfly’s net credit is 80 percent or more of C – A, and you anticipate a prolonged period of relative price stability where the underlying will be near the mid-point of the C – A range close to expiration. This is a rule of thumb; check theoretical values.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Short Put
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Short Put

If you firmly believe the market is not going down. Sell out-of-the-money (lower strike) options if you are only somewhat convinced, sell at-the-money options if you are very confident the market will stagnate or rise. If you doubt market will stagnate and are more bullish, sell in-the-money options for maximum profit.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Short Risk Reversal
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Short Risk Reversal

When you are bearish on the market and uncertain about volatility. Normally this position is initiated as a follow-up to another strategy. Its risk/reward is the same as a SHORT FUTURES except that there is a flat area of little or no gain/loss.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Short Straddle
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Short Straddle

If market is near A and you expect market is stagnating. Because you are short options, you reap profits as they decay — as long as market remains near A.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Short Strangle
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Short Strangle

If market is within or near (A-B) range and, though active, is quieting down. If market goes into stagnation, you make money; if it continues to be active, you have a bit less risk then with a short straddle.

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Futures & Options Strategy: Short Synthetic Futures
Options on Futures | Guide

Futures & Options Strategies: Short Synthetic Futures

Short synthetic futures positions may make sense when you are bearish on the market and uncertain about volatility.

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Futures Trading Glossary

This glossary was compiled by the CME from a number of sources. The definitions are not intended to state or suggest the correct legal significance of any word or phrase. The sole purpose of this compilation is to foster a better understanding of the futures market.

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Futures | FAQ

Key Market Report Definitions

Definitions of key market reports and their explanations are available to build your knowledge on the markets and trading. Definitions of key areas and reports can be found on our page including; financial/economic, metal market, energy market, grain/oilseed, livestock, softs and weather models.

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Futures | Video

Forward Contract Introduction - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video provides an introduction to forward contracts.

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Futures | Video

Futures Introduction - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video provides an introduction to futures.

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Motivation for the Futures Exchange - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses motivation for the futures exchange.

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Backwardation Bullish or Bearish - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses backwardation bullish.

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Contango from Trader Perspective - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses contango from the trader's perspective.

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Contango - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses contango.

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Backwardation - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses backwardation.

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Contango and Backwardation Review - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses contango and backwardation.

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Futures and Forward Curves - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses futures and forward curves.

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Futures Curves II - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses futures curves.

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Futures Fair Value in the Pre-Market - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses futures fair value in the pre-market.

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Interpreting Futures Fair Value in the Pre-Market - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses interpreting futures fair value in the premarket.

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Futures Margin Mechanics - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses futures margin mechanics.

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Severe Contango Generally Bearish - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses severe contango generally bearish.

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Upper Bound on Forward Settlement Price - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses upper bound on forward settlement price.

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Lower Bound on Forward Settlement Price - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses lower bound on forward settlement price.

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Verifying Hedge with Futures Margin Mechanics - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses verifying hedge with futures margin mechanics

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Arbitraging Futures Contract - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses arbitraging futures contracts.

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Arbitraging Futures Contracts II - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video is part two of a series on arbitraging futures contracts.

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American Call Options - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses American call options.

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Basic Shorting - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses basic shorting.

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American Put Options - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses Aerican put options.

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Options on Futures | Video

Call Option as Leverage - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses call option as leverage.

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Put vs. Short and Leverage - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses put vs. short and leverage.

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Call Payoff Diagram - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses call payoff diagrams.

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Put Payoff Diagram - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses put put payoff diagrams.

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Put as Insurance - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses put as insurance.

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Put-Call Parity - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses put call parity.

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Long Straddle Pattern Tutorial - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video describes how to use and profit from the long straddle pattern.

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Put Writer Payoff Diagrams - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses put writer payoff diagrams.

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Call Writer Payoff Diagram - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses call writer payoff diagrams.

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Arbitrage Basics - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses arbitrage basics.

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Put-Call Parity Arbitrage I - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses put-call parity arbitrage.

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Put-Call Parity Arbitrage II - Khan Academy Tutorials

This is part two of a series of videos discussing put-call parity arbitrage.

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Options on Futures | Video

Put-Call Parity Clarification - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses put-call parity clarification.

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Actual Option Quotes - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses actual option quotes.

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Option Expiration and Price - Khan Academy Tutorials

This video discusses option expiration and price.

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Futures | Markets

Futures Markets

Access a variety of free information and resources to help you trade the futures markets. Browse through the list of contracts to find the latest information, including history, contract specifications, market news and more.

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Australian dollars
Futures | Markets

Australian Dollar Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about the Australian Dollar.

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Brazilian Real
Futures | Markets

Brazilian Real Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about Brazilian Real futures.

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British Pound Notes
Futures | Markets

British Pound Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about British Pound futures.

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Canadian dollars
Futures | Markets

Canadian Dollar Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about Canadian Dollar. futures

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Euros
Futures | Markets

Euro FX Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about Euro futures.

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Japanese Yen
Futures | Markets

Japanese Yen Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about Japanese Yen futures.

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Mesican Pesos
Futures | Markets

Mexican Peso Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about Mexican Peso futures.

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New Zealand dollars
Futures | Markets

New Zealand Dollar Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about New Zealand Dollar futures.

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South African Rand
Futures | Markets

South African Rand Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about South African Rand futures.

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Swiss Francs
Futures | Markets

Swiss Franc Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about Swiss Franc futures.

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U.S. Dollars
Futures | Markets

U.S. Dollar Index Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about U.S. Dollar futures.

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Crude oil pumps
Futures | Markets

Crude Oil Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about crude oil futures.

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Ethanol mill
Futures | Markets

Ethanol Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about ethanol futures.

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Heating oil processing facility
Futures | Markets

Heating Oil Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about heating oil futures.

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Natural gas drill on the ocean
Futures | Markets

Natural Gas Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about natural gas futures.

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Gas pump
Futures | Markets

RBOB Gasoline Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about RBOB gasoline futures.

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Canola
Futures | Markets

Canola Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about canola futures.

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Corn
Futures | Markets

Corn Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about corn futures.

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Oat grass
Futures | Markets

Oat Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about oat futures.

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Rice
Futures | Markets

Rough Rice Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about rough rice futures.

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Soybeans
Futures | Markets

Soybean Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about soybean futures.

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Soybean meal
Futures | Markets

Soybean Meal Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about soybean meal futures.

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Soybean oil
Futures | Markets

Soybean Oil Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about soybean oil futures.

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Wheat
Futures | Markets

Wheat Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about wheat futures.

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Futures | Markets

30-Day Federal Funds

Learn contract specifications and facts about 30-day federal funds.

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Futures | Markets

Eurodollar Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about Eurodollar futures.

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Futures | Markets

T-Bond Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about T-Bond futures.

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Federal building against sky with clouds
Futures | Markets

T-Note Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about T-Note futures.

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Cattle in a field
Futures | Markets

Feeder Cattle Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about feeder cattle futures.

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Hogs in a farm
Futures | Markets

Lean Hog Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about lean hog futures.

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Cattle in a field
Futures | Markets

Live Cattle Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about live cattle futures.

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Milk
Futures | Markets

Milk Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about milk futures.

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Copper
Futures | Markets

Copper Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about copper futures.

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Gold
Futures | Markets

Gold Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about gold futures.

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Futures | Markets

Palladium Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about palladium futures.

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Platinum
Futures | Markets

Platinum Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about platinum futures.

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Futures | Markets

Silver Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about silver futures.

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Futures | Markets

CRB CCI Index Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about CRB CCI Index futures.

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Chart representing DJIA futures
Futures | Markets

DJIA Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about DJIA futures.

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Chart representing NASDAQ 100 futures
Futures | Markets

NASDAQ 100 Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about NASDAQ 100 futures.

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Chart representing Russell 2000 Futures
Futures | Markets

Russell 2000 Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about Russell 2000 futures.

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Chart representing S&P 500 Index Futures
Futures | Markets

S&P 500 Index Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about S&P 500 futures.

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Cocoa beans
Futures | Markets

Cocoa Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about cocoa futures.

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Coffee beans
Futures | Markets

Coffee Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about coffee futures.

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Cotton plant
Futures | Markets

Cotton Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about cotton futures.

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Tree rings in lumber
Futures | Markets

Lumber Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about lumber futures.

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Oranges in a tree
Futures | Markets

Orange Juice Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about orange juice futures.

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Sugar cane
Futures | Markets

Sugar Futures

Learn contract specifications and facts about sugar futures.

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Technical Analysis | Tutorial

Technical Analysis Learning Center

Our futures chart technical analysis learning center comes with numerous studies. Default parameters for each study are shown below, the user can change the parameters for the study after it has been applied to the chart.

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Technical Analysis | Tutorial

Bollinger Bands

Bollinger Bands consist of a Moving Average and two standard deviations charted as one line above and one line below the Moving Average. The line above is two standard deviations added to the Moving Average. The line below is two standard deviations subtracted from the Moving Average.

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Technical Analysis | Tutorial

Envelope

Envelopes represent bands that are plotted in a certain, identical relationship above and below the Moving Average. Envelopes are a very complex theme with many interpretation and trading rules. Basically, envelopes capture a significant part of price movements.

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Technical Analysis | Tutorial

Commodity Channel Index

Commodity Channel Index is designed to detect beginning and ending market trends. This study measures the distance between the share prices and their Moving Average, and thus allows a measurement for the trend strength and/or intensity

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Technical Analysis | Tutorial

Crack Spread

The CRACK spread study is a futures transaction that parallels the process of refining Light Crude Oil (CL) into petroleum products, such as Heating Oil (HO) and Unleaded Gas (HU). Since the refining process involves “cracking” crude oil into its major components, the spread is referred to as a crack.

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Crush Spread

The CRUSH spread study is a futures transaction that parallels the process of producing bean oil (BO) and soymeal (SM) from soybeans (S). This study will only work with S, BO, and SM contracts on a daily chart.

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Each study has its own set of properties which may be modified. Certain studies (such as Bollinger Bands, Exponential Moving Average, and Momentum), perform their calculations using a specific value (Field) from the underlying data on which the study is applied. When the study is initially applied to a chart, it “binds” itself to this Field, which is set in the study properties.

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Directional Movement Index

The concept of Directional Movement is based on the assumption that in an upward trend today’s highest price is higher than yesterday’s highest price, and in a downward trend today’s lowest price is lower than yesterday’s lowest price.

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Exponential Moving Average

The Exponential Moving Average gives the recent prices an equal weighting to the historic ones. The calculation does not refer to a fixed period, but rather takes all available data series into account. This is achieved by subtracting yesterday’s Exponential Moving Average from today’s price.

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Exponential Oscillator

The Exponential Oscillator is plotted as a histogram, using the difference between two Moving Averages. It can be used to help identify divergences, short-term variations from the long-term trend, and to identify the crossing of two Moving Averages, which occur when the oscillator crosses the zero line.

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High Low Moving Average

The High Low Moving Average study allows you to quickly and easily compute a simple moving average of the high and low for the interval. The length of the moving average may vary for the high and low.

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Highest High / Lowest Low

The mathematics defines an envelope of values by using the Highest High or the Lowest Low of the Last ‘n’ Periods.

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Historic Volatility

Although traders cannot predict the future, they must make intelligent guesses as to what the future holds. A standard approach used in option evaluation is to look at the past. What has historically been the volatility of a certain commodity?

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Keltner Channel

This moving average system by Chester W. Keltner consists of an n-day moving average of the “typical price” (sometimes referred to as “average price,” ((H+L+C)/3), plotted with a channel formed by adding and subtracting an n-bar moving average of the high-low range to or from the moving average of the typical price. Thus, the width of the channel adjusts to market volatility.

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Least Squares Linear Regression

The Least Squares Linear Regression line indicates the dominant market trend relative to time. In simple terms, is the market trending lower or higher with respect to time? It can inform you when the market is diverging from an established trend, but only when prices fluctuate uniformly around the trendline and within a narrow range.

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Line Oscillator

This study is a combination of two different studies. The first set of calculations compute a simple oscillator. The second part computes a simple moving average of the oscillator. You must specify two values for the moving averages to calculate the oscillator. Next, a third value is specified for a moving average of the oscillator. The application computes the values and displays two lines on the chart.

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Momentum

Momentum is an oscillator-type study used to interpret overbought/oversold markets. It assists in determining the pace at which price is rising or falling. This indicates whether a current trend is gaining or losing momentum, whether or not it is overbought or oversold, and whether the trend is slowing down.

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Moving Average

Moving Average is generally used to identify or confirm a trend, and works best in trending markets. It will not signal you that a trend change is imminent, but it will help you to determine if an existing trend is still in motion and help you to confirm when a trend reversal has taken place.

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Moving Average Convergence Divergence

The MACD is both a trend follower and an oscillator. The abbreviation stands for Moving Average Convergence Divergence. It is the difference between a fast Exponential Moving Average (EMA) and a slow Exponential Moving Average.

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Moving Standard Deviation

Moving Standard Deviation is a statistical measurement of market volatility. It makes no predictions of market direction, but it may serve as a confirming indicator. You specify the number of periods to use, and the study computes the standard deviation of prices from the moving average of the prices.

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Open Interest

Open Interest shows the number of open contracts of a given option or futures contract. An open contract can be a long or short contract that has not been exercised, closed out, or allowed to expire.

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Oscillator

The oscillator can be used to help identify divergences, short-term variations from the long-term trend, and to identify the crossing of two Moving Averages, which occur when the oscillator crosses the zero line.

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Parabolic Stop and Reversal

The Parabolic Stop and Reversal is a simple study to use. The study continuously computes “stop and reverse” price points. Whenever the market penetrates this “stop and reverse” point, you liquidate your current position and take the opposite position. If long, you liquidate the long position and establish a short position. If short, you liquidate the short position and establish a long position.

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Rate of Change

The Price Rate of Change study is first calculated by dividing the price change over the last ‘n’ periods by the closing price of the instrument ‘n’ periods ago. The result is the percentage by which the price has changed over the last ‘n’ periods.

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Relative Strength Index

The Relative Strength Index, developed by Welles Wilder is a special form of the Momentum and probably the most widely used contra-trend-oscillator. Contrary to the implications of its name, the study does not show the instrument’s strength in comparison to other instruments, but rather the instrument’s internal strength compared to its former prices.

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Smoothed Moving Average

A Smoothed Moving Average is an Exponential Moving Average, only with a longer period applied. The Smoothed Moving Average gives the recent prices an equal weighting to the historic ones. The calculation does not refer to a fixed period, but rather takes all available data series into account.

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Smoothed Oscillator

A Smoothed Oscillator is an Exponential Oscillator, only with a longer period applied. The Smoothed Oscillator is plotted as a histogram, using the difference between two Moving Averages. It can be used to help identify divergences, short-term variations from the long-term trend, and to identify the crossing of two Moving Averages, which occur when the oscillator crosses the zero line.

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Stochastic

The Stochastic Study, developed by George Lane, is an oscillator that compares the difference between the closing trade price of an instrument and the period low, relative to the trading range over an observation time period. With the help of this study, the position of the price quotation within the prevailing fluctuation margins is quantified.

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What is the Slow Stochastic Oscillator?

When it comes to understanding the trending market, the Slow Stochastic Oscillator is a helpful component of any trading strategy. The oscillator works by comparing the difference between the closing trade price of an instrument and the period low relative to the trading range over an observation time period.

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Variable Moving Average

The Variable Moving Average study allows you to get very creative with the moving averages. Three moving averages are applied (normal, exponential, and smoothed).

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Volume

Volume displays the volume of an instrument. It can be plotted as a line-chart or a histogram. It is not currently applicable for Intraday charts and will never be applicable for Tick charts, due to the nature of the data.

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Volume and Open Interest

Volume and Open Interest can be a barometer of future activity and direction. Volume measures the number of contracts that exchanged hands during the trading session. It measures market activity. Open Interest is the total number of outstanding contracts. It gauges market participation.

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Weighted Close

The Weighted Close study is another way of viewing the price data. It is an average of each day’s price, placing a greater emphasis on the closing price rather than the high or low. This process creates a single line chart.

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Williams’ %R

The Williams’ %R is designed to show the difference between the period high and today’s closing price with the trading range of the specified period. The study, therefore, shows the relative situation of the closing price within the observation period.

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