Can you guys help me with Eminis trading hours?

Discussion in 'Index Futures' started by Alexis, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. Alexis

    Alexis

    Hi all,

    I'm used to trade eurex futures here from Belgium. I could start trading CME E-minis (S&P 500 most likely) soon.

    Although I made some research, local official trading hours remains à mystery to me! CME website says "8:30 - 15:15",with maintenance(what is that?) around 17:15 while others source(including my historical datas) shows much longer trading periods...

    Could anyone enlighten me?

    Thx so much!

    Alex
     
  2. During the trading week, the ES is open 24 hours per day, except (1) 4:15-4:30 PM, Eastern Time and (2) 5:30-6:00 PM.. that's the "maintenance" period.
     
  3. Alexis

    Alexis

    thx!

    So, 8:30 - 15:15 are official trading hours? Volumes are much much lower outside this time range...
     
  4. dloomis514

    dloomis514 Guest

    rememeber those times are local Chicago time
     
  5. Well, that's the USA's RTH.

    Yes, volumes are much lower, but you can often trade 50-100 lots with only .25 slippage on part of an order, especially after Europe has opened.
     
  6. nkhoi

    nkhoi Moderator

    I nominate Gnome as the technical writer for CME group.
     
  7. Alexis

    Alexis

    Thx guys, you answered my questions!
     
  8. RTH = 15.30 - 22 in your time zone