Option Quotes

It seems that one of the most confusing things for beginning traders (and for more experienced ones as well), is accurately interpreting the options quotes and pricing data commonly obtained from the financial sources or major newspapers. You can imagine how difficult it would be to make timely decisions, if you aren’t sure of how to properly read the quotation tables.

This section is going to help you become efficient at interpreting option quotes. You'll learn the short-cut way to calculate the price of your call or put option, by simply multiplying the option premium by the number we give you in each case. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to easily and quickly read any options table you want, for any of the major futures markets.

While online financial services and all major metropolitan newspapers carry pricing tables on options on futures in their business sections, you’ll find the most complete coverage in specialized financial papers such as the Investor’s Business Daily and the Wall Street Journal.  For our examples, we’ve taken actual pricing data from both of these sources and condensed it a little. We’ll be covering 40 futures markets, including financials and stock indexes:

GRAINS: CBOT Wheat, Corn, Oats, Soybeans, Soybean Oil, Soybean Meal, KBOT Wheat.

MEATSCattle, Feeder Cattle, Hogs, Pork Bellies.

FOODSSugar, Coffee, Cocoa, Orange Juice.

PRECIOUS METALS: CBOT Silver, Gold, CMX Silver, Platinum.


OILS:  Light Sweet Crude, Heating Oil, Unleaded Gasoline, Natural Gas.

WOODS & FIBRES: Lumber, Cotton.

STOCK INDEXESS&P Comp., Nasdaq 100, Mini Value Line, NYSE Composite.

FINANCIALS10 Yr. Treasury, US Treasury Bonds, Municipal Bonds, Eurodollars,
British Pound, Canadian Dollar, German Mark, Japanese Yen, Swiss Franc,
US Dollar Index.              

Before we begin, these are two abbreviations you’ll need to be aware of:

  • no op Stands for “no option”. There’s no option available for that
    particular strike price

  • no tr –   Stands for “no trade”. Meaning that a particular strike price
    didn’t trade that day. You’d be able to obtain more information from
    your broker for its current value



wheat options








corn options









oats options








soybeans options






Soybean Oil

soybeanoil options


Soybean Meal
soybeanmeal options









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