Russell 2000 Futures
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Russell 2000 futures are commodities futures products traded in the equity futures sector. The Russell 2000 tracks the performance of 2000 small-cap U.S. stocks in varying sectors of the U.S. economy. The Russell 2000 is considered the barometer to measure performance of U.S. small cap stocks. The E-mini Russell 2000 futures contract allows traders to speculate and take positions on the performance of the Russell 2000 and in turn, U.S. small cap stocks.
Russell 2000 Futures History
The Russell 2000 was started in 1984 by the Frank Russell Company. However, it wasn’t until 2017 that the CME started offering the Russell 2000 futures contract. Because of its larger grouping of stocks, compares to the S&P 500 and the Dow 30, the Russell 2000 index has evolved over time and is now used as a benchmark to better represent the entire market pool.
Russell 2000 Futures Facts
The Russell 2000 is one of the most diverse futures contracts, offering traders up to 12 different contracts to choose from. Everything from a normal index contact, to weekly options on e-mini index contacts. The Russell 2000 is a great way to get into the small cap market and has options that are suitable to all traders.
Trading Russell 2000 Futures
- Russell 2000 futures allow the trader to capitalize on margin offsets on other CME traded equity futures
- Russell 2000 futures require only a 4% initial margin and are coupled with a very high leverage ratio
- Russell 2000 futures are settled on a quarterly basis, with settlement occurring on the 3rd Friday of every December, March, June, and September
- The E-mini Russell 2000 Index Futures Contract trades Sunday through Friday, from 5pm to 4pm central time, with daily trading halts from 3:15 to 4:00pm.
Russell 2000 Futures FAQs
What Stocks Make up the Russell 2000 Index? – The Russell 2000 index consists of 2000 small cap companies. It makes up the bottom two-thirds of the larger Russell 3000 index. Novavax Inc and Waitr Holdings Inc are two of the best performing Russell 2000 companies.
What Are the Sector Weighings of the Russell 2000 Index? – Financial (26%), Industrial (19%), and Healthcare (15%) make up the lion’s share of the Russell 2000 with technology, consumer goods and services, utilities, oil and gas, and telecommunications making up the rest.
How is the Russell 2000 Index Calculated? – The index is calcuated by shares outstanding. Meaning the last sale price and the number of shares available of each member influence the overall index price.