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E-mini Futures Reach All-Time Highs on Trade Deal Optimism

By | January 16, 2020

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Buoyed by a phase one US-China trade deal and positive earnings reports from Q4 2019, E-mini index futures continue pushing to new highs. After a record close yesterday, Dow and S&P 500 futures are looking at another record day based on this morning’s action.Read More

Oil Prices Jump After US Airstrike

By | January 3, 2020

Crude oil saw the biggest daily gains in over a month as markets received news that a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, was killed in an airstrike ordered by President Trump. Analysts believe that this conflict could disrupt the global oil supply since the Middle East is home to both major oil-producing countries and crucial supply routes. Read More

US & Chinese Officials Agree to Phase One Trade Deal

By | December 16, 2019

After more than two & a half years of negotiations, American and Chinese officials announced Friday that an agreement was made on a phase one trade deal. The deal will reduce some US tariffs on Chinese goods and in turn China will increase purchases of American agricultural, manufactured and energy products.

Another main feature of the agreement includes China pledging to improve protection of US intellectual property which is good news for American tech companies. Markets rose sharply on Friday as news reached traders and the follow-through can be seen in Monday’s trading. Not surprisingly, the biggest gains have been noticed in tech-heavy Nasdaq futures.Read More

Over 72M Micro E-mini Contracts Traded in 6 Months

By | December 4, 2019

Launched in May by CME Group, Micro E-mini futures have quickly made their mark on the trading community with a steady increase of volume and liquidity.

These micro-sized equity index contracts provide both a low-cost entry point for new traders looking to participate in US stock markets as well as flexibility and position management for existing E-mini traders.Read More

Equity Futures Rise on Earnings Beats

By | October 15, 2019

Major US equity index futures rose Tuesday morning as markets digested several stronger-than-expected earnings reports. At the same time, investors are closely monitoring the trade situation between the US and China which could weigh down markets.Read More

Crude Oil Futures Surge More Than 15% After Drone Attack

By | September 16, 2019

Crude Oil futures (CL) rallied Monday morning as the markets digested news of a drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure yesterday which blocked 5% of global crude oil output.Read More

Over 32M Micro E-mini Contracts Traded in 3 Months

By | August 27, 2019

After seeing record-breaking volume in their first 30 days of trading, Micro E-mini equity index futures from the CME have racked up more than 32 million contracts traded since their launch on May 6th.

Micro E-mini futures provide futures traders the ability to trade American stock markets at a fraction of the cost & with significantly lower margins than full-size E-minis. These 1/10th-sized fungible contracts also offer added flexibility & position management for existing E-mini traders.

The first three months of trading for Micro E-mini futures has been nothing short of historic. The launch of these new contracts took the futures trading world by storm and brought a surge of new futures traders to these highly liquid equity index markets.Read More

Equity Futures Bounce After Worst Day of 2019

By | August 6, 2019

American stock index futures showed signs of a bounce Tuesday morning after their sharpest single-day drop of the year.

Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures all saw losses exceeding 3% yesterday. Most notably, Micro E-mini Nasdaq futures closed more than 4% down at 7385.25.

In retaliation to President Donald Trump threatening a new series of tariffs on Chinese imports, the People’s Bank of China devalued the yuan currency to historically low levels. This caused a chain reaction in both currency and equity markets and spurred a massive selloff on Wall Street.Read More

Markets Turn Sharply After Powell Comments

By | July 10, 2019

American equity futures markets rose swiftly Wednesday morning after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. The most notable change was in the Nasdaq index. Micro E-mini Nasdaq futures were down as much as 0.43% just minutes before Powell’s statement but quickly changed course and are now up over 1%.

In his testimony to Congress, Powell noted the central bank was prepared to “act as appropriate” to maintain economic expansion, reinforcing the expectation of an interest rate cut later this month. Powell also stated that U.S. business investments have slowed “notably,” most likely due to speculators’ uncertainty regarding the economic outlook.Read More

Equity Indexes Surge on Trade Truce

By | July 1, 2019

Stock futures showed solid gains Monday morning as the market reacted positively to the latest developments in the U.S./China trade dispute.

In a separate meeting during the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan on Saturday, President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping came to an agreement regarding new levies on American and Chinese goods. This news stirred optimism amongst market speculators and analysts.Read More