Kub's Den
Elaine Kub Contributing Analyst
Wed Jan 21, 2015 08:49 AM CST

Once the January feeder cattle futures contract stops trading next Thursday, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange will temporarily set the contract's settlement value equal to where it was trading in the last minute and a half of its life. Positions that remain open past that time will ultimately be cash settled against the average of the last seven days' CME Feeder Cattle Index, a weighted average of prices actually paid for calves across the country.

This is opposite to grain futures' expiration procedure, where it is the physical grain in warehouses that ultimately receives a price tag based on where the ...

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