COMEX Option Expiration Procedures

General Operational Procedures

All Clearing Members and Qualified Floor Traders that carried an options position as of the close of business day prior to the expiration day, or engaged in trading activity on Expiration Day in the expiring options contract will be required to have a knowledgeable, duly authorized representative present at their normal work station promptly at 2:15 PM until released by the Exchange staff as specified below. All adjustments and/or corrections, must be accompanied by relevant supporting documentation prior to being incorporated into expiration processing, in essence making the expiration processing an extension of the afternoon trade resolution procedures. All input to the NYMEX Clearing Department will conclude no later than 30 minutes after floor representatives are released.

Exchange Clearing (299-2110), Floor Trade Processing (299-2068 and 299-2169) personnel, as well as a representative of the Floor Committee will be available to assist with the processing of notices of Exercise and Abandonment, position transfers, trade corrections and other questions or problems you may have.

 

Clearing Department Operational Procedures

The Option Expiration process is a screen-based process for which all information is provided on the screens on C21 terminals. No Option Expiration Reports will be provided. The following screens will assist you through the Option Expiration process:

Member Trade Inquiry

Contains real-time top day trade information, trade information for the previous 4 business days and trades adjusted for the previous 4 business days by adjustment date.

Single Position Maintenance

Contains a real-time snapshot for each option series from the start of day position to the projected end of day position.

Review Accept Reject Transfers

Contains all trade and position transfers TO your firm and the status of each transfer.

Review Submitted Transfers

Contains all trade and position transfer FROM your firm and the status of each transfer.

Exercise Notice Submission

Contains your available long position and an input field to enter the number of long positions you wish to exercise.

Do Not Exercise Submission

Contains your available long position and an input field to enter the number of long positions you wish to abandon.

Position Change Submission

PCS may be submitted either by manual input or by electronic transmission. Any PCS input on a Clearing 21 terminal will be the input processed by the system. This input may be made at any time prior to 6:45 PM. Any PCS input via transmission for that contract series will be disregarded.

All Positions are Deemed Final

Upon completion of all PCs input, all positions will be deemed final.

Exercise/Assignment Information

Will be available to you on the Single Position Maintenance window by contract series or the Assignment List window which contains all your Assignments on one window. You will be notified of its availability by C21 E-mail and by NYMEX Phone System. This should occur within 1 hour of the last PCs input.

All Clearing Members are required to have an authorized representative(s) at their C21 workstations in preparation for any communication during the expiration process.

 

Clearing Department 24-Hour Information Service

Clearing Members should call the Clearing Department 24-Hour Information Service at +1 212 299 2309, for messages advising Members of the event status.

E-mail

Clearing Members should read their C21 E-mail messages immediately to be aware of event status.

The standard event Clearing Department 24-Hour Information Service and/or E-mail messages and the sequence in which they will be announced are:

Standard Event Messages

Approximate Time of Message Availability

Usual Event Time

Clearing Department 24-Hour Information Service (F)
E-mail (E)
Both (B)

Announce Out-of-the-Money Exercise and In-the-Money Do Not Exercise Submissions

4:45 PM

4:45 PM

F

Announce Final Input to C21 Cutoff Times

6:30 PM

6:45 PM

E

All Positions Are Deemed Final

7:00 PM

7:00 PM

F

Announce Exercise/Assignment Information Availability on the Single Position Maintenance Windows

7:30 PM

7:30 PM

B

Announce Expected Clearing Process Completion Time

8:30 PM

11:00 PM

F

Note: The times appearing in the Usual Event Time column are based on normal operational conditions and could vary.

 

NYMEX Expiration Day Processing

Overview of Member Requirements

Time

Activity

Event

Reference Number

4:30 PM

Exercise Notice Submission Input to C21 Cutoff Time

1

Do Not Exercise Submission Input to C21 Cutoff Time

2

4:45 PM

Announce Out-of-the-Money Exercise and In-the-Money Do Not Exercise Submissions Clearing Department 24-Hour Information Service Notice

3

6:30 PM

Announce Final Input to C21 Cutoff Time C21 E-mail

4

6:45 PM

Final Input to C21 Cutoff Time Input to C21 Cutoff Time

5

7:00 PM

All Positions are Deemed Final Clearing Department 24-Hour Information Service Notice

6

7:30 PM

Announce Exercise/Assignment Information Available on the Single Position Maintenance Windows Clearing Department 24-Hour Information Service Notice and C21 E-mail

7

8:30 PM

Announce Expected Clearing Process Completion Time Clearing Department 24-Hour Information Service Notice

8