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I'm looking at the options chain for the S&P 500 futures. Almost every option contract I look at, whether it's a daily option, weekly option, monthly option, or quarterly "AM settled" option has 5 points between each strike price. For example, here is the option contract expiring next Thursday - you can see strike prices 3675, 3680, 3685, 3690, 3695, 3700, 3705, 3710, 3715, 3720:

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However, every quarterly "PM settled" option I look at has a massive spread between each strike price - about 1000 points between most strikes. For example, here is the option contract expiring tomorrow afternoon - you can see strike prices 100, 200, 1100, 2100, 2200, 3100, 4100, 4200, 5100, 6100, 7100, 8100:

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The next quarterly "PM settled" option expiring in September has those exact same strike prices.

Why would the quarterly "PM settled" options offer so few strike prices, when all the daily, weekly, and monthly options (which are also "PM settled") offer strike prices every 5 points? Having such a massive spread between strike prices eliminates a lot of options strategies for people who want to trade on the day of expiration of the quarterly option (aka quadruple witching).

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  • Too little demand - there are not enough people that would care and buy them
    – Aganju
    Jun 18 at 19:24
  • It is strange because for all the other daily/weekly/monthly options, I see hundreds of contracts in volume - not just for the contract, but for every strike price of the contract. But then for the day of the quarterly expiration, nobody wants to trade that contract? Really weird.
    – 7529
    Jun 18 at 19:34

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