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E-mini S&P SmallCap 600 Futures Daily Settlement Procedure

Normal Daily Settlement Procedure

Daily settlement of E-mini S&P SmallCap 600 futures (SMC) and the S&P MLP Total Return Index Future (SLP) is determined by CME Group staff based on trading activity on CME Globex.

Lead Month

The lead month is the anchor leg for settlements and is the contract expected to be the most active.

Tier 1:   If the lead month contract trades on Globex between 14:59:30 and 15:00:00 Central Time (CT), the settlement period, then the lead month settles to the volume-weighted average price (VWAP) of the trade(s) during this period.

Tier 2:   If no trades in the lead month occur on Globex between 14:59:30 and 15:00:00 CT, then the contract month settles to the midpoint of the Low Bid/High Ask  between 14:59:30 and 15:00:00 CT, the settlement period.

Tier 3:   If a two sided market is not available on Globex during the closing period, then the net change of the cash index will be applied to the prior day settlement.

Second Month

When the lead month is the expiry month, then the second month is defined as the calendar month immediately following the lead month. When the lead month is not the expiry month, then the second month is defined as the first expiring non-lead month.

Tier 1:   If the lead month-second month spread trades on Globex between 14:59:30 and 15:00:00 CT, then the spread VWAP is calculated, rounded to the spread’s nearest tradable tick and then applied to the lead month settle to derive the second month settle.

Tier 2:   If there are no spread trades on Globex between 14:59:30 and 15:00:00 CT, then the last spread trade price is applied to the lead month settle to derive the second month settle.

If the last spread trade is outside of the spread’s current bid and ask, then the bid or ask price that is closer to the last spread trade is applied to the lead month settle to derive the second month settle.

Tier 3:   If there is no spread market information available, then the prior-day spread relationship is used.

In each of these cases, after the spread differential is applied, the result is rounded to the outright’s nearest tradable tick to derive the second month settle.

Back Months

To derive settlements for all remaining months, the preceding contract month's net change is applied to the next contract month's prior-day settlement, provided that this value does not violate the low bid or high ask between 14:59:30 and 15:00:00 CT for the respective outrights.

Final Settlement

The Final Settlement Price shall be a special quotation of the Standard & Poor’s SmallCap 600 Stock Price Index based on the opening prices of the component stocks in the index, determined on the third Friday of the contract month.

If the S&P SmallCap 600 Index is not scheduled to be published on the third Friday of the contract month, the Final Settlement Price shall be determined on the first earlier day for which the Index is scheduled to be published.

If the primary market for a component stock in the index does not open on the day scheduled for determination of the Final Settlement Price, then the price of that stock shall be determined, for the purposes of calculating the Final Settlement Price, based on the opening price of that stock on the next day that its primary market is open for trading.

If a component stock in the index does not trade on the day scheduled for determination of the Final Settlement Price while the primary market for that stock is open for trading, the price of that stock shall be determined, for the purposes of calculating the Final Settlement Price, based on the last sale price of that stock.  However, if the Exchange determines that there is a reasonable likelihood that trading in the stock shall occur shortly, the Exchange may instruct that the price of stock shall be based, for the purposes of calculating the Final Settlement Price, on the opening price of the stock on the next day that it is traded on its primary market.  Factors to be considered in determining whether trading in the stock is likely to occur shortly shall include the nature of the event and recent liquidity levels in the affected stock.

Additional Details


If you have any questions, please call the CME Global Command Center.


Note: In the event the aforementioned calculations described in this advisory cannot be made or if CME Group staff, in its sole discretion, determines that anomalous activity yields results that are not representative of the fair value of the contract, the staff may determine an alternative settlement price.