Contact Specifications | Trade Futures


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Trading Unit

Futures: 10,000 million British thermal units (MMBtu).
Options: One NYMEX Division natural gas futures contract.

Trading Hours

Futures and Options: 10:00 A.M. – 3:10 P.M., for the open outcry session. After-hours trading is conducted via the NYMEX ACCESS® electronic trading system from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M., Monday through Thursday. All times are New York time.

Trading Months

Futures: 36 consecutive months commencing with the next calendar month (for example, on October 3, 1998, trading occurs in all months from November 1998 through October 2001).
Options: 12 consecutive months, plus 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, and 36 months on a June-December cycle.

Price Quotation

Futures and Options: Dollars and cents per MMBtu, for example, $2.035 per MMBtu.

Minimum Price Fluctuation

Futures and Options: $0.001 (0.1 ¢) per MMBtu ($10 per contract).

Maximum Daily Price Fluctuation

Futures: $1.50 per MMBtu ($15,000 per contract) for the first two months. Initial back month limits of $0.15 per MMBtu rise to $0.30 per MMBtu if the previous day’s settlement price in any back month is at the $0.15 limit. In the event of a $0.75 per MMBtu move in either if the first two contract months, back month limits are expanded to $0.75 per MMBtu in all months from the limit in place in the direction of the move.
Options: No price limits.

Last Trading Day

Futures: Trading terminates three business days prior to the first calendar day of the delivery month. Options: Trading terminates at the close of business on the business day immediately preceding the expiration of the underlying futures contract.

Exercise of Options

By a clearing member to the Exchange clearinghouse not later than 5:30 P.M. or 45 minutes after the underlying futures settlement price is posted, whichever is later, on any day up to and including the options expiration.

Option Strike Prices

Twenty strike prices in increments of $0.05 (five cents) per MMBtu with 20 strike prices above and below the at-the-money strike prices, and the next ten strike prices are in increments of $0.25 (25 cents) per MMBtu above the highest and below the lowest existing strike prices for a total of 61 strike prices.  The at-the-money strike price is the nearest to the previous day’s close of the underlying futures contract.  Strike price boundaries are adjusted according to the futures price movements.

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Sabine Pipe Line Co.’s Henry Hub in Louisiana. Seller is responsible for the movement of the gas through the Hub; the buyer, from the Hub. The Hub fee will be paid by seller.

Delivery Period

Delivery shall take place no earlier than the first calendar day of the delivery month and shall be completed no later than the last calendar day of the delivery month. All deliveries shall be made at as uniform as possible an hourly and daily rate of flow over the course of the delivery month.

Alternate Delivery Period

An Alternate Delivery Procedure is available to buyers and sellers who have been matched by the Exchange subsequent to the termination of trading in the spot month contract. If buyer and seller agree to consummate delivery under terms different from those prescribed in the contract specifications, they may proceed on that basis after submitting a notice of their intention to the Exchange.

Exchange of Futures For, or in Connection with, Physicals (EFP)

The commercial buyer or seller may exchange a futures position for a physical position of equal quantity by submitting a notice to the Exchange. EFPs may be used to either initiate or liquidate a futures position.

Quality Specifications

Pipeline specifications in effect at time of delivery.

Position Limits

7,000 contracts for all months combined, but not to exceed 1,000 in the last three days of  trading in the spot  month or 5,000 in any one month.

Margin Requirements

Margins are required for open futures and short options positions. The margin requirement for an options purchaser will never exceed the premium paid.

Trading Symbols

Futures: NG