SPDR Options - Contract Specifications
Generally, 100 shares of Standard & Poor's Depositary Receipts® (known as "SPDRs").
Strike Price Intervals:
Strike prices are set at a minimum of 1-point increments.
Strike (Exercise) Prices:
In-, at- and out-of-the-money strike prices are initially listed. New series generally will be added when the underlying shares trade through the highest or lowest strike price available.
Stated in decimals. One point equals $100. Minimum tick for options trading below 3.00 is 0.05 ($5.00) and for all other series, 0.10 ($10.00).
Saturday immediately following the third Friday of the expiration month.
Three near-term months and three months from the March quarterly cycle (March, June, September and December). Long-Term Options and LEAPS® may also be available.
Last Trading Day:
Trading in SPDR options will ordinarily cease at the close on the business day (usually a Friday) preceding the expiration date.
American - Options on SPDRs generally may be exercised on any business day before the expiration date.
Settlement of Option Exercise:
Physical Delivery. Exercise notices properly tendered on any business day will result in delivery SPDR shares on the third business day following exercise.
Position and Exercise Limits:
300,000 contracts on either side of the market*.
Uncovered writers must deposit 100% of the options proceeds plus 15% of the aggregate contract value (current SPDR price multiplied by $100) minus the amount by which the option is out-of-the-money, if any. Minimum margin is 100% of the option proceeds plus 10% of the aggregate contract value. Long puts or calls must be paid in full.
8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Chicago time.
* Position and Exercise limits are subject to change.
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