STOCK FUTURES

Stock futures are derivative contracts that give you the power to buy or sell a set of stocks at a fixed price by a certain date. Once you buy the contract, you are obligated to maintain the terms of the agreement.

The contracts are traded on a futures exchange. 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”.
STOCK FUTURES
The theoretical price of a future contract is sum of the current spot price and cost of carry. However, the actual price of futures contract very much depends upon the demand and supply of the underlying stock. Generally, the futures prices are higher than the spot prices of the underlying stocks.

Futures Price = Spot Price + Cost of Carry

Cost of carry is the interest cost of a similar position in cash market and carried to maturity of the futures contract less any dividend expected till the expiry of the contract.

Example:
Spot Price of Infosys = 1600, Interest Rate = 7% p.a. Futures Price of 1 month contract=1600 + 1600*0.07*30/365 = 1600 + 11.51 = 1611.51.

South Africa currently hosts the largest single-stock futures market in the world, trading on average 700,000 contracts daily.

The profits and losses would depend upon the difference between the price at which the position is opened and the price at which it is closed. Let an investor have a long position of one November Stock “A” Futures @ 430. If the investor square up his position by selling November Stock “A” futures @ 450, the profit would be Rs. 20 per share. In case, the investor squares up his position by selling November Stock “A” futures @ 400, the loss would be Rs. 30 per share.

The Author

Pramod Baviskar

Professional Market Trader And Owner Of Dalal Street Winners Advisory And Coaching Services. Working Since 2007 And Online Presence Since 2010. We Provide Highly Accurate And Professional 1 Entry And 1 Exit Future, Option, Commodity, Currency And Intraday Stock Tips On Whatsapp With Live Support And Follow Up.
COPYRIGHT © 2009-2018. Pramod Baviskar. Dalal street winners advisory and coaching services. FAQ | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy

This website is best viewed using Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or higher, and/or latest version of Google Chrome and Mozila Firefox browsers.