CBOE recently announced that it plans to list S&P 500® Index (SPX) Monday-expiring WeeklysSM options, beginning August 15, pending regulatory approval. With the expected introduction of SPX “Monday Weeklys,” CBOE will offer SPX options with Monday, Wednesday and Friday expirations.
SPX Weeklys are one of CBOE’s fastest-growing products, with volume in 2015 setting a 10th consecutive annual record. The chart below shows that SPX Wednesday-expiring weekly options set new volume records in every month since their introduction last February.
COMMENTS BY CEO
The CBOE News Release noted that CBOE Holdings CEO Edward T. Tilly said –
“We are pleased to further expand our SPX product complex and build off the successful February launch of SPX Wednesday Weeklys with the introduction of SPX Weeklys with Monday expirations. Weeklys provide greater trading precision and with new Monday Weeklys, investors will be able to efficiently hedge over-the-weekend risks. With three different expirations in our SPX Weeklys product line, investors will have even more opportunities and flexibility when trading the S&P 500.”
FEATURES OF SPX MONDAY-EXPIRING WEEKLYS OPTIONS
Trading Hours — Extended and Regular Trading Hours currently in place for the existing SPX/SPXW options will be followed.
Ticker Symbol — SPX Monday-expiring Weeklys series will be available for trading under option symbol SPXW.
Expiration and Final Trading Day
- SPX Monday-expiring Weeklys options are PM-settled.
- The expiration date (usually a Monday) will be identified explicitly in the expiration date of the product. If the Monday of the week in which the options expire coincides with an Exchange holiday, the expiration date will be on the next business day (usually a Tuesday). The expiration date for each option is also the last trading day for that option.
- SPX Monday-expiring Weeklys may expire on any Monday of the month, other than a Monday that coincides with an End-of-Month (“EOM”) expiration date.
- Expiring SPX Monday-expiring Weeklys options will cease trading at 3:00 p.m. Central time on their last trading day. All non-expiring SPX Monday-expiring Weeklys options will continue to trade until 3:15 p.m. Central time.
- SPX Monday-expiring Weeklys option series will not be included in the strip of option series that will be used to calculate the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) spot value or the exercise or final settlement value of VIX Index options and futures.
FEATURES OF WEEKLYS OPTIONS
Contracts with weekly expirations allow investors to implement more targeted buying, selling, spreading or hedging strategies. In addition, futures and options with weekly expirations can help investors take advantage of breaking news or known economic events, such as earnings, monthly U.S. economic reports and Federal Reserve announcements. Additional information on Weeklys options and futures can be found at www.cboe.com/Weeklys. CBOE pioneered short-term options trading in 2005 by introducing the first weekly expiring options contract.
JULY 11 SPX SKEW CHART
The SPX skew chart below shows implied volatilities at various strike prices and 12 upcoming expiration dates in July and August for SPX options. In general, the implied volatilities for out-of-the-money (OTM) SPX puts were higher than the implied volatilities for at-the-money SPX options. The OTM puts often are used for portfolio protection.
Beginning next month, after the introduction of the SPX Monday-expiring Weeklys options, there will be even more SPX expirations in near-term months.
The microsite for SPX Weeklys options is at www.cboe.com/SPXW.
For an overview of SPX Monday Weeklys options contract specifications and other operational details, refer to CBOE Regulatory Circular RG16-119 at –