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E-mini and S&P 500 Strike Price Listings

»Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This link brings you to the information in effect March 17th for trading of the 18th regarding the option expirations of the E-mini and S&P 500 Index Futures....

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Performance Bond Changes CME

»Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Performance Bond Requirement Changes Feb 12 March Natural Gas from $3600 to $2750 all other periods remain the same. Calendar Spreads and Butterflies remain the same Get the full listing at www.cmegroup.com

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Monday Markets

»Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Announcements, Shop Talk, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Stock are slightly lower this morning, as traders brace for an extremely heavy week of headlines! There’s heavy debate on Wall Street about if the current rally can continue or is it simply a bull trap? In the past 30-days the Nasdaq is up over +15%, while the S&P 500 and Dow are up +13%. Large speculative bulls are hoping to see better than expected corporate earnings from some big names this week, then by mid-February U.S. corporate buy-backs will be well underway, start to kick in and provide some additional upside traction. Bulls are pointing to the fact the Fed has turned more dovish, U.S. and Chinese leaders appear to be working towards some type of compromise, and U.S. government workers are going to get paid. Most computer...

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Let’s see … How will things really look?

»Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Shop Talk, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I am more cautious than usual of the regular releases by the powers that be for the next couple of months. Just one obvious example will be USDA data being released as they have a lot of processing to do. I have always been skeptical of releases that say “seasonally adjusted” because to me that is simply license to bastardize the facts. Now we will hear about adjustments and revisions due to a month long shutdown of agencies that put together the numbers. By the time we begin to get “real” numbers they will be talking about “seasonally adjusted.” I’m just saying be more guarded of the releases and “knee jerk”...

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Market Report

»Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Shop Talk, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Stocks are slightly higher this morning on better than expected data out of Europe and some fairly strong earnings being reported here in the U.S. Many traders continue to take a “wait-and-see” approach, as next week looks poised to offer up some major headlines. President Trump was scheduled to make his “State of the Union” address, but that has been canceled and won’t happen until after the government shutdown ends, which some argue might not happen for a few more weeks. The stock market will also be eager to see headlines from another round of trade talks with the Chinese. If plans remain in tact, Chinese Vice Premier Liu will visit the U.S. January 30-31st. Reports circulating earlier this week, which talked about...

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Financial Markets Chopping You Up?

»Posted by on Jan 18, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As the financial markets twist and turn with every news blurb, the Ags still trade sound fundamentals. Wheat futures posted 5 to 8 1/2 cent gains in most contracts on Thursday. Japan purchased 111,961 MT of wheat in their weekly MOA tender from Australia, Canada, and the US.Corn futures posted 4 to 6 cent gains in the nearby contracts on Thursday. DTN’s national corn index was at $3.42 on Wednesday evening, 22 1/4 cents above last year. Soybean futures found strength after midday with most contracts closing 11 to 13 1/4 cents higher.  All the details on “Agricharts.”...

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