Chicago Merchantile Exchange (CME) began trading Frozen Pork Belly futures in 1961 - the first futures contract based on frozen, stored meats. Trading in Frozen Pork Bellies contracts was developed as a risk management device to meet the needs of meat packers who processed pork and had to contend with volatile hog prices as well as price risks on processed products held in inventory.
Thus, the futures contract was designed to help processors and warehouse operators manage these price risks. Hence, the Frozen Pork Bellies futures contracts performs the same two primary functions common to many futures contracts, that of: guiding inventories and establishing forward pricing.
Frozen Pork Belly Futures: 40,000 pounds of frozen pork bellies cut and trimmed
Frozen Pork Bellies Options: One Frozen Pork Belly Futures Contract
Fresh Belly Options: One Fresh Pork Belly Futures Contract
Pork Cutout Futures: 40,000 lbs times Pork Cutout Index
Pork Cutout Options: One Pork Cutout Futures Contract
Frozen Pork Belly Futures: 9:10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. LTD (12:00pm)
Frozen Pork Belly Options: 9:10a.m. to 1:02 p.m. LTD (1:00pm)
Fresh Belly Options: Monday/Friday 7:00 a.m.- 1:02 p.m.
Pork Cutout Futures: Monday/Friday 7:00 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Pork Cutout Options: Monday/Friday 7:00 a.m. - 1:12 p.m.
British Pound Futures: Six months in the March quarterly Cycle March, June, Sep, Dec.
British Pound Options: Four months in the March cycle and two months not in the March cycle(serial months), plus 4 weekly Expiration options
Frozen Pork Belly Futures and Options: 1 point = $.0001 per pound = $4.00
Fresh Belly Options: 1 point = $.0001 per hundred weight = $4.00
Pork Cutout Futures: 1 point = $0.01 index points = $4.00
Pork Cutout Options: 1 point = $.0001 per index points = $4.00
Frozen Pork Belly Futures: Five months of February, March, May, July, and August.
Frozen Pork Belly Options: Eight months of February, March, May, July, and August, and Flex Options.
Fresh Belly Options: Two month of January, March, May, July, August, September, November and Flex Options.
Pork Cutout Futures: Four months in a monthy cycle
Pork Cutout Options: Two months on a monthly cycle
Frozen Pork Belly Futures: $0.03/lb, 300 points, Expandable price limits see Rule 8302
Pork Cutout Futures: $0.02/lb See Rule 9702.D
Pork Cutout Options: $0.02/lb
Minimum Price Fluctuation
Frozen Pork Belly Futures: 0.00025 = $10.00 Frozen Pork Belly Options: 0.00025 = $10.00 Regular, 0.000125 = $5.00 Cab Fresh Belly Options: 0.00025 = $10.00 Regular, 0.000125 = $5.00 Cab