1. What Micro E-mini products are listed for trading?

  • Micro E-mini S&P 500 futures
  • Micro E-mini Nasdaq-100 futures
  • Micro E-mini Dow futures
  • Micro E-mini Russell 2000 futures
  • Micro E-mini S&P MidCap 400 futures
  • Micro E-mini S&P SmallCap 600 futures

2. Why are CME Group Micro E-mini useful for participants looking to gain exposure to the equity futures market?

To make our more market accessible to all, CME Group offers the Micro E-mini suite of futures, which feature multipliers 1/10 the size of their E-mini counterparts (i.e., $5 multiplier for Micro E-mini S&P 500 futures contract vs. $50 for ES futures).

Since their inception in May 2019, numerous new participants have entered the market as a function of the notionally smaller-sized Micro E-mini futures. 


3. What are the differences between the currently listed E-mini products and the recently announced Micro E-mini products?

Index Family Micro E-mini Multiplier Micro E-mini Notional Value (as of Feb 1, 2023) E-mini Multiplier
S&P 500 $5 $20,900 $50
Nasdaq-100 $2 $25,600 $20
Dow Jones $0.50 $17,000 $5
Russell 2000 $5 $10,000 $50
S&P MidCap 400 $10 $27,000 $100
S&P SmallCap 600 $10 $13,000 $100

Product details


4. Under which DCM will these contracts be listed

Each of the contracts that are being listed will remain under the same DCM as their E-mini counterparties. A table is shown below:

Contract

DCM

Micro E-mini S&P 500 futures, Micro E-mini Nasdaq-100 futures, Micro E-mini Russell 2000 futures, Micro E-mini S&P MidCap 400 futures, and Micro E-mini S&P SmallCap 600 futures

CME

Micro E-mini Dow futures

CBOT


5. What are the contract specifications?

Micro E-mini futures will be listed on the customary U.S. Equity Index futures cycle – there will be five concurrent futures that expire against the opening index value on the third Friday of March, June, September, and December. The tick increments will follow their E-mini counterparts and be as follows:

Index Futures Contracts Outright Calendar Spread
Micro E-mini S&P 500 futures 0.25 Index points= $1.25 0.05 Index points= $0.25
Micro E-mini Nasdaq-100 futures 0.25 Index points= $0.50   0.05 Index points= $0.10
Micro E-mini Dow futures 1.00 Index points= $0.50 1.00 Index points= $0.50
Micro E-mini Russell 2000 futures 0.10 Index points= $0.50 0.05 Index points= $0.25
Micro E-mini S&P MidCap 400 futures 0.10 Index points= $1.00 0.05 Index points= $0.50
Micro E-mini S&P SmallCap 600 futures 0.10 Index points= $1.00 0.05 Index points= $0.50

6. What are the codes for these products?

Index Futures Contracts Underlying Index (Bloomberg) CME Globex Bloomberg Front Month
Micro E-mini S&P 500 futures SPX MES HWAA Index
Micro E-mini Nasdaq-100 futures NDX MNQ HWBA Index
Micro E-mini Dow futures DJIA MYM HWIA Index
Micro E-mini Russell 2000 futures RTY M2K HWRA Index
Micro E-mini S&P MidCap 400 futures MID MMC LVLA Index
Micro E-mini S&P SmallCap 600 futures SML MSC MXBA Index

7. How many contracts will be listed at a given time?

CME will list five months in the March Quarterly Cycle (Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec) for CME Group products. For Dow, it will be four months.


8. What are the trading hours on CME Globex?

Sunday – Friday 6:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET with a trading halt from 4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET


9. How are the daily settlement price Micro E-mini futures determined?

Daily settlement for Micro E-mini futures is based on the 30-second volume-weighted average price (VWAP) of Globex trades between 3:59:30 p.m. and 4:00:00 p.m. ET of their E-mini counterpart.


10. How are final settlement prices of the futures determined?

The Micro E-mini will have the same SOQ value as the corresponding E-mini contract on final settlement day. Final settlement value is based on the Special Opening Quotation (SOQ) on the third Friday of the contract month. The SOQ is based on the opening price of each component stock in the relative index, regardless of when those stocks open.


11. Are these futures contracts eligible for block trading or BTIC?

No, Micro E-mini Equity Index futures contracts will not be block or BTIC trading eligible. 


12. What are the fees for Micro E-mini contracts?

Micro E-mini S&P 500, Nasdaq-100, Russell 2000, MidCap 400, and SmallCap 600 products will be part of the Micro E-mini Equity Index futures suite according to the CME Fee Schedule.

Micro E-mini Dow will be part of the Micro E-mini Equity Index futures suite according to the CBOT Fee Schedule.


13. Are these products included in the CME Group Equity Product Volume Discounts?

No. Micro E-mini futures volume will not count towards the current volume-based fee discounts available to members. However, CME Group does intend to provide a market maker program to eligible participants that may feature fee rebates, pending regulatory review (see question 17). 


14. What are the margin requirements for Micro E-mini Index futures?

Margins are based on current market conditions and, thus, are subject to change. Please use the below links to find the latest information on margins.


15. Are Micro E-mini products fungible with their E-mini counterparts? Can they be offset?

Yes, Micro E-mini futures are offset eligible versus their E-mini counterparts at 10:1 ratio. This can only be applied to offsetting positions. Requests can be made by your clearing broker directly to the CME Clearing House. 


Additional information


16. How can I see prices for Micro E-mini Index futures?

Delayed quotes will be available online on the CME Group website. You can also access quotes through major quote vendors.

 View Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters symbols


17. How can I get access to CME Globex?

To access CME Globex, you must have a relationship with a CME Clearing Member Firm.

 Learn more about connecting to CME Globex


18. Are there circuit breakers on Micro E-mini products?

CME Group U.S. Equity Index price limits (and corresponding CME and CBOT rules) are designed to coordinate with circuit breakers provisions as applied by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Micro E-mini contracts will follow the same rules as their E-mini counterparts.

  • 7%, 13%, and 20% price limits are applied to the futures fixing price and are effective from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT, Mondays through Fridays. This only applies to the downside.
  • 7% up-and-down limits are effective 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 a.m. CT. Sundays through Fridays; 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT, Mondays through Fridays. Between 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT, the 7% price limit will not be allowed to breech the 20% daily limit.

 Learn more about connecting to Price Limits


19. Where can I find more information on Micro E-mini products at CME Group?

Visit cmegroup.com/microemini for the latest information. You can fill out the form on this page to stay informed of Micro E-mini product updates.

More about Micro E-mini Futures

Get more information about the Micro E-mini futures contracts at CME Group.


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