CME Group soybean futures and options trade both by open outcry and by electronic trading. During what are called "regular trading hours" (RTH), soybean futures trade side by side on Globex and on the trading floor, while options trade only on the trading floor. During electronic trading hours (ETH), both soybean futures and options are traded.
Soybean futures and options migrated from the eCBOT trading platform to CME Globex on the evening of January 13, 2008.
Commitment of Traders
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission regularly issues Commitments of Traders reports that show the distribution of open positions among different classes of traders. Information about soybean positions is available in this report.
|Contract Size||5,000 bushels. Deliverable grade: No. 2 Yellow at par, No. 1 yellow at 6 cents/bushel over contract price and No. 3 yellow at 6 cents/bushel under contract price(*)|
|Pricing Unit||Cents per bushel|
|Tick Value||1/4 cent per bushel ($12.50/contract)|
|Contract Months||Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Nov|
|Last Trading Day||The business day prior to the 15th calendar day of the contract month.|
|Trading Hours||N/A||7:00 p.m. - 7:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. Central Time, Sun.-Fri. Trading in expiring contracts closes at noon on the last trading day.|
|Price Limits||Effective, Mar. 28, 2008 -- 70 cents/bu. ($3,500/contract) above or below the previous day's settlement price. No limit in the spot month (limits are lifted beginning on First Position Day).||Effective Mar. 28, 2008, 70 cents/bu ($3,500/contract) above or below the previous day's settlement price. No limit in the spot month (limits are lifted beginning on First Position Day).|
|Trade Unit||One futures contract of 5,000 bushels|
|Point Value||Need point value!|
|Tick Value||1/8 cent per bushel ($6.25/contract)|
|Option Months||Sep, Nov, Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug; a monthly (serial) option contract is listed when the front month is not a standard option contract. The monthly option contract exercises into the nearby futures contract. For example, an October option exercises into a November futures position.|
|Strike Prices||10 cents per bushel for the first two months, 20 cents per bushel for all other months. At the commencement of trading, list 5 strikes above and 5 below the at-the-money strike.|
|Exercise Style||American exercise: The buyer of a futures option may exercise the option on any business day prior to expiration by giving notice to the CME Group Clearing House by 6:00 p.m. Chicago time. Option exercise results in an underlying futures market position prior to the open of the next open auction session. Options in-the-money on the last day of trading are automatically exercised.|
|Trading Hours||8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Central Time, Mon-Fri.||7:00 p.m. - 7:45 a.m. Central Time, Sun.-Fri. and 8:30 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. Central time, Mon.-Fri.|
|Ticker Symbol||CZ for calls/PZ for puts||OZS|
(*) No. 3 Yellow Soybeans are only deliverable when all factors equal U.S. No. 2 or better except foreign material.