Index Futures

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Introduced in the year 1982, Index futures or stock index futures are extremely popular among trading commodities today. While trading, an index future is settled in cash on the value of a certain stock market index. One of the most traded indices is the S&P500.

These are quoted on the basis of either an underlying or a spot price for an index value. There are a number of technicalities involved, most of which you should understand. However, even if you find it tough to comprehend what Index futures are, you can take assistance from the trade experts at Cannon Trading.

We at Cannon Trading want you to understand the basics and the details about Index Futures like our experts do. There are a number of blogs that we list here in our category archive. We recommend that you read these to know for yourself what Index Futures trading is all about.

Daily NQ Chart & Support and Resistance Levels 6.05.2019

June 5th, 2019 Filed under Commodity Brokers, Commodity Trading, Economic Trading, Future Trading News, Index Futures | Comment (0)


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An interactive tutorial on the basics ( and a little more) of futures trading.
Regardless if you traded before or new to the futures markets, this tutorial is nicely put together by our regulators and the CME and touches on a variety of sub topics that go into trading futures and options.
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Volatile Markets – Be Careful!! 2.13.2018

February 12th, 2018 Filed under Future Trading News, Futures Trading, Index Futures | Comment (0)


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Stock index futures seemed a bit more “relaxed” today with lower intra-day volatility and swings but still a pretty large upside moves.

Be careful and make sure you control your emotions, these are not the days for “revenge trading” and “double down” etc…( actually no day is good for that but with this type of volatility, you can get punished very quickly and pretty hard).

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Volatile Markets – Be Careful!! Grains Weather Updates…. 2.09.2018

February 8th, 2018 Filed under Future Trading News, Index Futures | Comment (0)


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Dryness Extensive Across Southern Plains Wheat Belt

Moisture levels have remained very low across the majority of the hard red wheat belt in the central Plains throughout the winter, with moderate drought now widespread across eastern Colorado into central Oklahoma, and severe to extreme drought located in southern Kansas, Oklahoma, and much of central and northwestern Texas (see map below).

The outlook for the next few weeks shows an upturn in moisture across the northern Plains, with Colorado and Nebraska likely to see some notable improvements in moisture in the form of snowfall. Meanwhile, moisture receipts will likely remain below normal across south central Kansas into west central Oklahoma and northwestern Texas. While moisture needs this time of year are very low for wheat as it remains in dormancy, an upturn in moisture will be critical for these areas once it emerges from dormancy.

However, a drier pattern is expected to continue across the majority of the region in March, which will likely result in some significant stress as spring crop growth resumes. An upturn in rains is possible across the heart of the hard red wheat belt in April, though, which should begin to improve moisture supplies and crop conditions. The rains will be critical to prevent substantial yield reductions for the wheat crop.

By: Don Keeney
Senior Ag Meteorologist
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CME Raises Margins on Stock Indices 2.08.2018

February 7th, 2018 Filed under Future Trading News, Index Futures, Indices | Comment (0)


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With the recent volatility the CME have raised some of the overnight margins for stock index futures.

Most of our clients enjoy $500 daytrading margins for the contracts below, depending on the platform and in rare cases market conditions. Few of the trading platforms will use % of overnight margins and/or  if you plan on holding positions more than intraday than note below:

ES was $5,555 –> now $6,105

NQ, $5,720 –> $6,380

YM, $4,620 –> $5,280

RTY, $3,245 –> $3,630

NKD, $4,565 –> $5,280


Plan your trade, trade your plan and ALWAYS try to asses the risk/ reward ratio you are about to trade.

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Big Volatility in Stock Index Futures Last Two Days – Levels for 09.13.16

September 12th, 2016 Filed under Future Trading News, Futures Trading, Index Futures | Comment (0)

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5. Futures Economic Reports for Friday September 9, 2016


Front month for stock indices is December!!

I looked for some news that may explain the large sell off Friday and almost the same level of bounce today….I saw a few things but must admit none made sense to me, so my clients who are “conspiracy theory believers” may have won this one…..

I saw something about Fed officials speaking today “infused confidence back”, saw another thing that Friday was due to North Korea nuclear tests…yet another explanation spoke about rollover. Another news flash spoke about possibly removing some of the stocks from the financial segment of the SP500, specifically “good performing real estate stocks from the financial/ banking sector…..not to mention the “9/11” effect….and more and more etc. etc…..

My guess is the FED once again too concerned with keeping stock market prices higher than the paying attention to the rest of the economy…..I feel that QE in general and other FED action created artificially higher stock market prices which will one day explode in a violent way. But that is a topic for a whole new discussion.

Bottom line is I have no explanation but here is what the hourly and daily charts look like:


S&P 500 Futures Daily Chart
S&P 500 Futures Hourly Chart

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