The cash-settled KBW Bank Index (BKX), traded on the International Securities Exchange and PHLX (BKX is a service mark of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.), is a float-adjusted, modified market-cap index comprising 24 leading national money center banks and thrifts.
The Index is evaluated at least annually by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) to assure that the composition is highly representative of the banking industry. KBW is an institutionally oriented securities broker/dealer and full service investment bank that specializes in the financial services sector.
The KBW Bank Index captures over $1.2-trillion market capitalization of the U.S. banking industry. Citigroup, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Wachovia, and the Bank of New York Mellon Corp. are a few of the banks covered in the Index.
|Price Interval||Strike price intervals are 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.|
|Expiration Date||Saturday following the third Friday of the expiration month.|
|Expiration Months||Three near-term months followed by two additional month from the March quarterly cycle (March, June, September and December).|
|Last Trading Day||Trading will ordinarily cease on the business day (usually a Thursday) preceding the day on which the exercise-settlement value is calculated.|
|Settlement Type||A.M., cash settlement|
|Settlement Value||The exercise-settlement value is calculated using the opening (first) reported sales price in the primary market of each component stock on the last business day (usually a Friday) before the expiration date. The exercise-settlement amount is equal to the difference between the exercise-settlement value and the exercise price of the option, multiplied by $100. Exercise will result in delivery of cash on the business day following expiration.|
|Position and Exercise Limits||The position and exercise limits are 44,000 contracts on the same side of the market. Position and Exercise limits are subject to change.|
|Trading Hours||9:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time (New York time).|