23 hours per day trading gives you great flexibility to seize opportunities. Traders who take a macro view of the equity markets may seek to broaden their exposure by using equity index futures.

The E-minis are a wide range of futures contract that tracks the U.S stock market indices. It is traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) via Globex electronic trading platform.

Contract Specifications:

E-mini S&P 500 Futures
E-mini Nasdaq 100 Futures
Nikkei/USD Futures
E-mini Dow ($5) Futures

The S&P 500 Index is a broad-based market capitalization weighted index that tracks 500 of the largest companies in leading industries in the US economy. This index also serves as a key indicator of the health of the US stock market. The S&P 500 is a futures contract that allows market participants to take positions on the performance of the S&P 500 index electronically in an active and liquid marketplace.

Exchange CME
Code ES
Contract Multiplier $50 × S&P 500 Index
Min Price Fluctuation $ 0.25
Value Per Tick $ 12.50
Settlement Cash Settled

TRADING HOURS(Malaysia Time, GMT +8)

Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT)
Monday through Saturday: 7.00 a.m. – 6.00 a.m. (Next Day)
*Trading Halt: 5.15 a.m. – 5.30 a.m

Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)
Monday through Saturday : 7.00 a.m. – 6.00 a.m (Next Day)
*Trading Halt: 5.15 a.m – 5.30 a.m

Note: Daylight saving starts one hour earlier in the U.S.

The NASDAQ 100 Index includes 100 of the largest domestic and international non-financial companies listed on the NASDAQ based on the market capitalization. This is a futures contract that allows market participants to take positions on the performance of the NASDAQ 100 index electronically in an active and liquid marketplace.

Exchange CME
Code NQ
Contract Multiplier $20 × Nasdaq 100 Index
Min Price Fluctuation $ 0.25
Value Per Tick $ 5.00
Settlement Cash Settled

TRADING HOURS(Malaysia Time, GMT +8)

Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT)
Monday through Saturday: 7.00 a.m. – 6.00 a.m. (Next Day)
*Trading Halt: 5.15 a.m. – 5.30 a.m

Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)
Monday through Saturday : 7.00 a.m. – 6.00 a.m (Next Day)
*Trading Halt: 5.15 a.m – 5.30 a.m

Note: Daylight saving starts one hour earlier in the U.S.

Nikkei 225 USD-denominated futures provide investors with an efficient way to access the opportunities of the Japanese equity market and trade using U.S. dollars. Japan’s premier stock index, the Nikkei 225, includes the top 225 blue-chip companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Exchange CME
Code NKD
Contract Multiplier $5 × Nikkei Stock Average
Min Price Fluctuation $ 5.00
Value Per Tick $ 25.00
Settlement Cash Settled

TRADING HOURS(Malaysia Time, GMT +8)

Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT)
Monday through Saturday: 7.00 a.m. – 6.00 a.m. (Next Day)
*Trading Halt: 5.15 a.m. – 5.30 a.m

Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)
Monday through Saturday : 7.00 a.m. – 6.00 a.m (Next Day)
*Trading Halt: 5.15 a.m – 5.30 a.m

Note: Daylight saving starts one hour earlier in the U.S.

An electronically traded futures contract representing a portion of standard DJIA futures, E-mini Dow futures offer an accessible alternative to manage exposure to the U.S. stock market. Based on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, E-mini Dow futures offer exposure to the 30 U.S. blue-chip companies represented in the stock index.

Exchange CBOT
Code YM
Contract Multiplier $5 × DJIA
Min Price Fluctuation $ 1.00
Value Per Tick $ 5.00
Settlement Cash Settled

TRADING HOURS(Malaysia Time, GMT +8)

Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT)
Monday through Saturday: 7.00 a.m. – 6.00 a.m. (Next Day)
*Trading Halt: 5.15 a.m. – 5.30 a.m

Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)
Monday through Saturday : 7.00 a.m. – 6.00 a.m (Next Day)
*Trading Halt: 5.15 a.m – 5.30 a.m

Note: Daylight saving starts one hour earlier in the U.S.

Source: CME Group Website

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