National Stock Exchange of India (NSE), the world’s leading derivatives exchange based on contracts traded, on Thursday said it has received approval from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)  to launch derivatives on Nifty Next 50 index (NIFTYNXT50) from April 24, 2024.

The Nifty Next 50 Index represents 50 companies from Nifty 100 after excluding the Nifty 50 companies. As on March 2024, the index had top sector representation from financial services sector with 23.76% weight, followed by capital goods sector with 11.91%, and consumer services with 11.57%. 

The exchange will offer 3 serial monthly index futures and index options contract cycle. The cash settled derivatives contracts will expire on the last Friday of the expiry month, it says in a release today.

Sriram Krishnan, Chief Business Development Officer, NSE says, “The introduction of derivatives on the Nifty Next 50 index (NIFTYNXT50) will well complement the existing index derivatives product suite. The Nifty Next 50 index will represent the space between the Nifty 50 index comprising the top large & liquid stocks and the Nifty Midcap Select index comprising the top large & liquid mid capitalised stocks.”

The Nifty Next 50 Index was introduced on January 1, 1997, with base date and base value being November 03, 1996, and 1000, respectively. Over the years, the index methodology has undergone revision. The index computation methodology was revised to free float market capitalisation weighted method from May 4, 2009. Subsequently, weight capping was introduced for constituent stocks on which derivatives were not available. This was revised in 2023 to cumulative weight of non-F&O stocks capped at 10% and non-F&O stocks in the index are individually capped at 4.5% on quarterly rebalance dates.

The market capitalisation of index constituents stands at ₹70 lakh crore, representing about 18% of total market capital of the stocks listed on NSE as on March 29, 2024. The aggregate daily average turnover of index constituents stood at ₹9,560 crore, accounting for around 12% of cash market turnover in FY24.

In recent years, NSE has introduced derivatives on Nifty Midcap Select Index (MIDCPNIFTY) in January 2022 and derivatives on Nifty Financial Services index (FINNIFTY) in January 2020 in the equity derivatives segment and multiple products in commodity derivatives segment, The MIDCPNIFTY.

Derivatives have seen peak at ₹2,888 crore of futures turnover, 16.7 crore of option contracts traded and option premium turnover of ₹17,283 crores. The FINNIFTY Derivatives has seen peak at ₹1,288 crore of futures turnover, 38.2 crore of option contracts traded and option premium turnover of ₹32,994 crore.

In the commodity derivatives segment, the Option of WTI Crude Oil Futures has seen a peak of 1,02,304 contracts.

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