The Chicago Board Options Exchange® (CBOE®) lists S&P 500® Index (SPX) Wednesday-expiring WeeklysSM options beginning February 23, 2016.
CBOE’s new SPX Wednesday-expiring Weeklys options, or “Wednesday Weeklys,” will generally have the same characteristics as CBOE’s Friday-expiring SPX Weeklys options, with the exception of their listing and expiration dates. Wednesday Weeklys will typically be listed on Tuesdays and expire on the Wednesday of the following week.
SPX Weeklys, which accounted for approximately 35 percent of total SPX trading volume in 2015, are one of CBOE’s fastest-growing products. ADV in 2015 set a 10th consecutive record, reaching a new all-time high of 337,683 contracts, up 24 percent over 2014.
CBOE pioneered the short-term options trading in 2005 by introducing the first weekly expiring options contract. Except for more frequent expiration dates, Weeklys generally have the same contract specifications as monthly expiring contracts. To meet the growing demand for additional Weeklys trading, CBOE introduced CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX® Index) Weeklys futures in July 2015 and VIX Weeklys options in October 2015.
Contracts with weekly expirations allow investors to implement more targeted buying, selling, spreading or hedging strategies. In addition, futures and options with weekly expirations can help investors take advantage of breaking news or known economic events, such as earnings, monthly U.S. economic reports and Federal Reserve announcements.
Data Sources: CBOE | Effective Date: February 23, 2016