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The settlement price is the “average” price based on the last couple of minutes of a “pit” session. Electronic markets do not have a settlement price per se. The settlement price of an electronic market is based on the “pit” close. For example: EMINI SP closes at 4:00 pm Chicago time. The Pit session concludes at 3:15 pm Chicago time. The exchange will calculate the closing price based on the last couple of minutes of trading before the pit close. The customer’s margin responsibility and cash value in the account will be based on that 3:15 settlement not the last price traded electronically at 4:00 pm. The open of the next session will start with the settlement price.