New CME coal contracts signal maturing coal market

CME launches four swap futures and options contracts in a move that analysts say will boost the global coal market


Global derivatives exchange, CME Group, has launched four swap futures and options contracts to be settled against the API 2 and API 4 indexes published in the Argus/McCloskey's Coal Price Index Report.

Trading, available on the New York trading floor and CME ClearPort, a clearing service open to over-the-counter (OTC) market participants, will begin on 13 September.

"This is definitely a sign of a market that is maturing and attracting a lot more interest," says oil analyst at Barclays Capital

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