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March 2008 Contract Expiration Date Change


Change to March 2008 Contract Expiration Date Due to Good Friday Holiday

Because the Good Friday exchange holiday coincides with the third Friday of March (the standard March quarterly expiration date), March 2008 CME Group Equity index futures and options will expire on Thursday, March 20, 2008 instead of Friday, March 21, 2008.

Specifically:

  • The open outcry trading of expiring contracts will conclude at the close of the regular trading hours on Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

  • Trading of expiring E-mini equity index futures and options contracts will conclude prior to the open of regular open outcry trading hours on Thursday, March 20, 2008.

  • Rollover dates: For the purpose of the "front month" designation, the rollover date will remain as Thursday, March 13, 2008.

  • Nikkei 225 expiration not affected by holiday: The March 2008 Nikkei 225 Index contracts expire in the prior week, so their March 2008 expiration date is not impacted by the exchange holiday.