Future and option stock price


How are Stock Futures priced? What are the opportunities offered by Stock Futures? How are Stock Futures settled?

Can I square up my position? When am I required to pay initial margin to my broker? Do I have to pay mark-to-market margin? What are the profits and losses in case of a Stock Futures position? Why are the market lots different for different stocks? What are the different contract months available for trading?

What is spread trading on BSE? As an investor, how do I start trading in Stock Futures? What securities can I submit to the broker as collateral? How does an investor, who has the underlying stock, use Stock Futures when he anticipates a short-term fall in stock price? How can an investor benefit from a predicted rise or predicted fall in the price of a stock? The party agreeing to take delivery of the underlying stock in the future, the "buyer" of the contract, is said to be "long", and the party agreeing to deliver the stock in the future, the "seller" of the contract, is said to be "short".

The terminology reflects the expectations of the parties - the buyer hopes or expects that the stock price is going to increase, while the seller hopes or expects that it will decrease.

When purchased, no transmission of share rights or dividends occurs. Being futures contracts they are traded on margin, thus offering leverage, and they are not subject to the short selling limitations that stocks are subjected to.

They are traded in various financial markets, including those of the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, India and others.

South Africa currently hosts the largest single-stock futures market in the world, trading on average , contracts daily. In the United States, they were disallowed from any exchange listing in the s because the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the U.