Thanks to the CBOE, weekly expiration has arrived for a small (~20) number of stocks, ETFs, and indexes. Information is available at the CBOE site.
New Weeklys are listed each Thursday and expire the following
Friday, but no Weeklys are
listed when they would expire during expiration week for standard options (3rd Friday).
The are now 52 option expiration every year. This is good for the CBOE because trading volume is going to increase.
Most of these options are 'regular' American style options and settle in shares.
Thus, if assigned an exercise notice on
any of the individual stocks or ETFs, you are obligated to sell shares
(if assigned on a call option) at the strike price or buy shares (if assigned
on a put) at the strike.
However, just to keep things interesting (and in my opinion, giving novice traders more chances to make a significant error), SPX and DJX options are European style and settle Friday mornings.
XEO is European style, but settles at Friday's close [corrected]
OEX is American style and settle in cash.
One interesting idea used by the CBOE is
to change the list of stocks on a regular basis. There is no major
revision each week, but stocks can be added or removed from the list. The current list can be downloaded by clicking here.
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