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An option is the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell a futures contract at a price (the strike price) agreed today.

They give hedgers and investors a more flexible alternative to futures. When buying an option the purchaser is not entering into a firm obligation - they are simply buying a choice of action.

The American-style options trade monthly up to 63 months.

Options Strike Price Gradations

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08/387 LME Traded Options Volatilities
08/199 Amended Options Strike Price Gradations

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