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CME Call Options on 110k Lumber Futures
Guideline as to over and under pricing of the options.
We are not responsible for any losses a trader may incur from trading and having seen this chart. The actual daily values can and do go in the opposite direction from this 6 day trimmed moving average and cross above and below the 0.0% line.
Trimmed means we look at last 6 days, throw out the high and low, and then average the remaining 4. Comments and analysis can be found in our when appropriate.

How to read and use this chart.
This chart was created by looking back at the historical over and under values of the various parts of the option distribution curve. This curve can be seen in any book on options. For example, we looked at the historical values of out of the money Call options for all available contracts. Same for Puts. Our option model can adjust any days value to  a standard day and future. We then looked at all strike prices and selected a standard number of strike prices at so many days to expiration. Our  option model then filled in any missing prices and gave us a total. These daily totals were then averaged for the 4 major parts of the distribution curve that most traders use. A ratio to the average historical value was then established for each part of the curve. It was found that on any given day the average values for the in the money call and the out of the money put were very similar most of the time for any given contract available on that day for any commodity option. In fact we were able to establish a standard value that all commodities could then be compared to.
You will notice that the options, both in and out of the money start to be over valued as we approach expiration. That indicates that the options are not "decaying in value" as fast as they should. Please note we do not provide data points for options during the last two weeks before expiration. The only traders that belong in that time frame are floor traders and large dealer/merchants taking delivery. 

Option pricing is very complicated.
Mathematically option pricing can be looked at as the result of three 3-dimensional axis nested in a stack.
Here is an explanation on how to look at what we do. We will give  a pictorial explanation of our option model.  Visualize a tall and short person standing in a boxing ring spinning a long rope between them (the floor traders). Tied to the rope are ribbons (the strike prices). You are jumping in that spinning rope trying to catch the ribbons. The floor traders can move sideways and back and forth. Thus your option curve is not 2 dimensional but 3 dimensional. Our under and over priced charts try to help you cope with the moving floor traders. As you will find from our various charts the floor traders in the different commodity pits treat over and under pricing of options quite differently. Just a reflection of the different personalities. The over and under charts apply only to this first 3-dimensional axis and are based on a static and standardized OSCC Total Option Premium. If the future and our relative value for over or under valuing remain constant, the actual value an option can still change due to effects found in the 3rd underlying axis. See explanations that follow.
That could still be fairly easy to work with. However, the boxing ring is floating in big pool of TFB. It has a big wave generator at one end. When ever you think you have it timed, a big wave may lift you past the ribbon or drop the floor out from underneath you just as you are starting to leap. This is the 2nd 3-dimensioal axis you are floating in. This is the market place (futures). We can not help with the market place. Fortunately you have a Broker sitting in your corner hollering advice as to when he thinks a wave is coming.
Simple enough? Not quite. What neither you nor your Broker can see with the option models you have at hand, is that the big pool you are floating in, is suspended from a huge overhead crane. When you and your Broker have the first and second 3-dimensional axis's figured out, the crane operator cam lift, drop, swing or spin you around in a 3rd 3 dimensional axis. Our OSCC Total Option Premium represents this 3rd 3 dimensional place. I am not saying there is any thing unethical going on, or that someone is controlling all this. This is just the total supply and demand of all the off the floor traders put together, pushed and pulled by world macro economics.

The Dec CBT Wheat options around 2/21/04 got out of line with their normal pattern.
This is the kind of opportunity you are looking for.
CIO1 means In the money call for January. expiring in an Back Month, i.e. 2005.
POE means Out of the money Put Front Month expirations. A = all expirations.
 It has taken almost a year to put together the program to make these calculations. With enough time any option model can do this. Whether or not we do the New York Exchanges depends on whether or not they get more cooperative in supplying the expiration dates for futures and options and on users of this site. Brokers can help with strategies to take advantage of this chart. We, of course, are not responsible for any decisions a trader may make using these charts.
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This site relates to option trading of commodity options and futures with strategies that buy or sell puts and calls either long or short for profit on treasury bonds and notes, Dow Jones Index, soybean products, corn, wheat, oats, rough rice and T-Bond options on the CBT, Chicago Board of Trade through "floor traders". We are also doing 6 currencies from the CME, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Japanese Yen, British Pound, Swiss Franc, the Euro FX (ECU) and the Australian and Canadian dollars. We also do 5 agriculture products, the S&P 500, NASDAQ 100 and Eurodollars related to European and Economic Monetary Union (EMU) interest rates. Commodities are a high risk speculative hedging investment and traders should use brokers for trading contracts who keep their funds and money in accounts with high rates. This site provides free commentary, and technical analysis on commodity futures and option premiums by OSCC from our futures charts and option charts for use by traders.
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