How to read currency futures quotes

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The Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers carry currency futures quotations, though they do not list the newest or least active contracts. To explain how to read currency futures quotes, we will focus on the Australian dollar futures traded on the CME. Table 6.2 presents the Australian dollar futures prices reported in The Wall Street Journal on July 1, 2004. Because there is a one-day time lag between the transactions of foreign exchange and the report of these transactions, we obtained the June 30 quotations from the July 1 issue of The Wall Street Journal.

The top, bold-faced line gives the name of the currency, in this case the Australian dollar (AUD); the exchange on which it is traded according to a key in the table, such as the

Table 6.2 Currency futures quotations in the CME: the Australian dollar

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