Nearby futures contract

Nearby futures contract

When several futures contracts are considered, the contract with the closest settlement date is called the nearby futures contract. The next (or the "next out") futures contract is the one that settles just after the nearby futures contract. The contract farthest away in time from settlement is called the most distant futures contract.

Nearby Month

Among several different futures contracts or options, describing the one with the shortest maturity. For example, given three futures contracts, one expiring in March, one in June, and one in September, the nearby month contract is the one expiring in March. It is also called the spot month. See also: Most distant futures contract.
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Barclay's iPath offers the Dow Jones-UBS Platinum Subindex Total Return ETN (PGM), which owns a single, nearby futures contract. It has assets of about $82 million and a 0.75% annual fee.
New York: The New York Mercantile Exchange's benchmark, the West Texas Intermediate light sweet crude nearby futures contract, continued to decline even as Brent sweet and Gulf heavy sours gained last week.
They have "put on a spread" by buying the nearby futures contract and selling the faraway contract.
When the temporal spread becomes smaller than normal, the arbitrager will "put on reverse spread" whereby he or she simultaneously sells the nearby futures contract and buys the faraway futures contract.
The purchasing manager (Figure 2- A) has arranged for particular items to be priced on a cost-plus formula from the nearby futures price for each raw commodity, where the nearby futures contract is the futures contract month closest to expiration.
The run to the intraday high of $75.40 (for the nearby futures contract) was not clear cut and would eventually fall back into a loose range between $75.20 and $74.50.
And therefore, the March delivery month nearby futures contract for West Texas Intermediate light sweet on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after reaching $43.44/barrel, closed the week at $41.75/barrel, a gain of $4.04/barrel for the week.
reverse spread--a simultaneous position that involves having a sell position on the nearby futures contract and a buy position in a more distant futures contract.
The nearby futures contract for Nymex crude reached $142.99 a barrel before closing out the week at $140.21, a gain of $0.57 on the day, and up from $134.62 for the week.
It can be seen that backwardation is higher for the far month's futures contracts than that of the nearby futures contracts. This is applicable for both weak and strong backwardation.
(1) We use four different nearby futures contracts, i.e., with deliveries one, two, three and four months ahead of the placing of the hedge.
The Dynamic Long VIX Futures Index tracks the performance of the combination of a hypothetical money market instrument and a dynamic strategy that is designed to provide efficient long exposure to the first five nearby futures contracts on the CBOE Volatility Index VIX.