Palm Oil Calendar Futures and Options

New Crude Palm Oil and Palm Olein Calendar futures track the average prices for palm oil/olein. This allows producers, processors and end-users in an industry characterized by continuous production and processing, to more effectively manage the price risk they are exposed to on a daily basis.

Complementing the existing benchmark oilseed products available on CME Globex, including CBOT Soybean Oil and BMD Crude Palm Oil (FCPO), the addition of Palm Oil Calendar futures and options provides customers with enhanced hedging opportunities on a single hub.

Key Features

  • Access through existing FCM relationship
  • U.S. dollar- denominated and cash-settled
  • New spreading opportunities with benchmark CBOT Soybean Oil futures and options
  • Reduced capital requirements due to cross-product margin efficiencies
  • Financial integrity of CME Clearing

Malaysian Crude Palm Oil Calendar Futures

Based on the global benchmark Bursa Malaysia Derivatives (BMD) Crude Palm Oil futures (FCPO), the Palm Oil Calendar futures contract complements the palm products offered by BMD on the CME Globex platform. It replicates the risk coverage of CME Group’s popular Calendar Swaps, in a futures contract that can be accessed through an existing FCM relationship.


USD-denominated Malaysian Crude Palm Oil Calendar Futures (CPO)
Ticker symbol CPO
Trading Unit 25 metric tons
Underlying Instrument Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Berhad Crude Palm Oil Futures (FCPO)
Price Basis U.S. dollars and cents per metric ton
Tick Size USD $0.25 per metric ton ($6.25 per contract)
Daily Price Limits None - But Underlying BM CPO Futures Contract has a Limit of 10% Above and Below the Previous Settlement Price
Contract Months Monthly Expirations
Last Trading Day Last business day of the contract month. However, should there be a Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Berhad business day during the contract month that follows the last CME Group business day of the contract month, then final settlement will be on the first CME Group business day of the month following the contract month.
Settlement Procedure Daily settlement other than settlement on the final trading day or during the last month of trading shall be the settlement price of the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Berhad FCPO futures contract that is the third-forward month from the futures contract month converted to USD using the Thomson Reuters “MYR” forward rates equating to and interpolating between the closest date(s) to contract expiration and published at contract settlement time and rounded to the nearest $0.25. Daily settlement prices shall be generated each business day the CME is open using the most recent available Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Berhad FCPO futures prices and the latest available Thomson Reuters MYR forward rate published at contract settlement time. The final settlement price shall be the cumulative average of the settlement prices for the third forward month FCPO contract traded on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Berhad for each trading day in the futures contract month converted to USD and rounded to the nearest $0.25 using the USD/MYR spot rate reported by Persatuan Pasaran Kewangan Malaysia (PPKM), which appears on Thomson Reuters Screen MYRFIX2 Page at approximately 11:10 am Kuala Lumpur time.
Trading Hours (Ct) CME Globex: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. CT
CME ClearPort: Sunday - Friday 6:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. CT with a 15-minute break each day beginning at 5:45 p.m. CT
Rulebook Chapter TBD

Malaysian Crude Palm Olein Calendar Futures

Palm Olein Calendar futures provides exposure to a cash-settled palm olein market, an advantage for those who are unable to take physical delivery. The contract also offers an alternative to trading the physically- delivered FOB Port Klang/Pasir Gudang (PK/PG) paper olein market, while mitigating counterparty default risk. Palm oil refiners can combine Palm Olein Calendar futures and Palm Oil Calendar futures to lock in a portion of their refining margin, particularly important in the far forward months when the management of counterparty risk exposure is so critical owing to the long time horizons involved.


USD-denominated Malaysian Palm Olein Calendar Futures (OPF)
Ticker symbol OPF
Trading Unit 25 metric tons
Underlying Instrument Thomson Reuters Malaysia RBD Palm Olein assessment
Price Basis U.S. dollars and cents per metric ton
Tick Size USD $0.25 per metric ton ($6.25 per contract)
Daily Price Limits None
Contract Months Monthly Expirations
Last Trading Day The final settlement day will be on the last business day of the contract month.  However, should there be a Thomson Reuters Malaysia RBD Palm Olein assessment during the contract month that follows the last CME business day of the contract month, then final settlement will be on the first CME business day of the month following the contract month.
Settlement Procedure The final settlement price shall be determined on the final trading day. The final settlement price shall be the cumulative average of each Thomson Reuters “Malaysia RBD Palm Olein” third forward month closing time assessment for each business day of the contract month rounded to the nearest $0.25.  Daily settlement during the last month of trading shall be the cumulative average of each Thomson Reuters Malaysia RBD Palm Olein third forward month closing time assessment weighting the current day’s settlement price across each remaining trading day and rounded to the nearest $0.25.  Daily settlement other than settlement on the final settlement day or during the last month of trading shall be the Thomson Reuters Malaysia RBD Palm Olein third forward month from the contract month assessment that day rounded to the nearest $0.25.
Trading Hours (Ct) CME Globex: Sunday – Friday, 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 a.m. CT and Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. CT
CME ClearPort: Sunday - Friday 6:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. CT with a 15-minute break each day beginning at 5:45 p.m. CT
Rulebook Chapter TBD

Average Price Options on Palm Oil Futures

With multiple strikes and maturities, options offer additional flexibility and precision, allowing market participants to better tailor their risk management strategies to their specific needs. Options can also be less margin- intense than futures during periods of heightened volatility.


USD Malaysian Crude Palm Oil Average Price Option (POO)
Ticker Symbol CME Globex: POO
CME ClearPort: POO
Venue CME Globex
CME ClearPort
Contract Size 25 Metric Tons
Price Reference Bursa Malaysia Crude Palm Oil Futures (FCPO)
Pricing Unit US Dollars and Cents per Metric Ton
Tick Size (minimum fluctuation) $0.10
Exercise Style European
Strike Price Interval $10.00
Strike Price Range At-the-money, 10 In-the-money, and 10 Out-of-the-money
Contract Months/Symbols Twelve Consecutive Monthly Expirations
Daily Price Limit None
Settlement Procedure Cash settlement.  The final settlement price shall be against the cumulative average of the settlement prices for the third forward month FCPO contract traded on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Berhad for each trading day in the contract month converted to USD and rounded to the nearest $0.25 using the USD/MYR spot rate reported by Persatuan Pasaran Kewangan Malaysia (PPKM), which appears on Thomson Reuters Screen MYRFIX2 Page at approximately 11:10 am Kuala Lumpur time. The daily settlement shall be against broker quotes.
Last Trade Date Last business day of the contract month.  However, should there be a BMD business day during the contract month that follows the last CBOT business day of the contract month, then final settlement will be on the first CBOT business day of the month following the contract month.
Trading Hours CME Globex: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. CT
CME ClearPort: Sunday - Friday 6:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. CT with a 15-minute break each day beginning at 5:45 p.m. CT
Block Trade Minimum 10
Rulebook Chapter CME Rulebook Chapter 204D

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