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CME Emini S&P 500 - Day Trading Futures Options

Many day traders choose the Emini S&P 500 futures as their trading choice because it is a pure play on the stock market. The E-mini S&P futures are electronically traded, which makes trade executions very quick and very liquid. The Mini Dow futures, Emini NASDAQ futures and Emini Russell futures are also a favorite among futures day traders who focus on the stock market.

Introduction to Equity Index Products

Course Overview

If you were asked to picture trading the U.S. stock market, what comes to mind? You may think of trading shares of companies like Apple, Exxon Mobil or Disney. But what if there was another way to express your views and gain broad-based exposure to U.S. equities - without trading each individual stock? One alternative is equity index futures and options. With a single transaction, investors can use these index-based contracts to manage risk or seek profits based on whether they think the stock market will rise or fall. Learn the basics of these contracts, including what they are, how they’re built and how many ways you can use them.

What is an Index Future?

The 10 Year T-Notes, soybeans, crude oil, Japanese yen, Euro FX and Emini S&p all have robust daily volatility, high trading volume and price movement and are good markets for Day Trading. Each futures market has its own characteristics, so traders should study the markets before day trading in order to find the best trading techniques.

Day traders generally make a couple trades every day; compared that to that of a position trader who might make one trade a week. .

There are disadvantages to Day Trading Futures because you need to be a much disciplined individual to be successful at day trading futures. The temptation for most traders is to take marginal trades and over trade.

Dow Jones stock index

The Emini Dow (YM) futures market is based upon the Dow Jones stock index, which is one of the primary stock indexes of CBOT (Chicago Board of Trade). The Dow Jones index is calculated using the prices of the included companies and a divisor that is published by CBOT. The Dow YM futures market is traded on the ECBOT electronic trading system, 24 hours per day from 6:15 PM Central Time on Sunday night to 4:00 PM Central Time on Friday night. The YM futures market has a daily trading volume of approximately 85000 contracts, and a daily price range of approximately 60 points (60 ticks).

The NASDAQ-100 Index represents the largest non-financial U.S. and international issues listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market based on market capitalization. Index holdings represent companies across major industry groups including computer hardware and software, telecommunications, retail/wholesale trade and biotechnology. It does not contain financial companies (including investment companies) and uses a modified capitalization methodology to provide enhanced diversification.

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