ISE Gold Index
The International Securities Exchange offers options on a cash-settled ISE Gold Index (HVY). This ISE proprietary index tracks the combined performance of 20 publicly traded companies that own or operate gold mines, or are involved in the production of gold and related products.
Related ISE Gold index instruments
Market Capitalization and Weighting
The Index attempts to capture at least two-thirds of the entire industry’s market capitalization. Due to the non-uniform weight distribution across entire industries, an equal-weighted methodology or a “modified” market capitalization-weighted methodology is used to adjust the weighting of component stocks. Individual component weightings are limited to 25% at semi-annual reviews for modified capitalization-weighted indexes. This modification prevents a few large component stocks from dominating the index and distorting an index return that is representative of an industry sector. The modified approach promotes portfolio diversification by retaining the economic attributes of capitalization ranking.
ISE Gold Index Option Contract Overview
Full specifications can be found at the ISE web site.
|Trading hours||9:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time (New York time).|
|Expiration months||Four near-term months followed by one additional month from the March quarterly cycle (March, June, September and December).|
|Strike price intervals||At least $2.50.|
|Minimum trading increments||The minimum trading increment for an options contract trading at less than $3.00 is $0.05. The minimum trading increment for an options contract trading at $3.00 or higher is $0.10.|
The ISE Gold Index is one of eight ISE industry indexes that also include: ISE Oil & Gas Services; ISE Integrated Oil; ISE U.S. Regional Banks; ISE Semiconductors; ISE Biotech & Pharmaceuticals; ISE Homebuilders and ISE SINdex.
As of Nov. 1, 2007, there are 31 ISE index options listed.
USFE ISE Gold Index Futures Contract Overview
Underlying: ISE Gold™ Index
|Contract Size||$100 per Index Point|
|Minimum Tick Size||0.05|
|Minimum Calender Spread Tick Size||0.01|
|Outright Tick Value||$5|
|Minimum Size for Block Trade||50 contracts|
|Mistrade Parameters||30 ticks|
|Reportable Positions||200 contracts|
|Position Limits / Accountability||Limits at 25,000 contracts|