The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq close at 1 p.m. ET and all markets are closed on Independence Day, July 4th.
Comex floor trading for metals futures and options will end at 1:30 p.m. today, while Nymex floor trading for oil will at 2:30 p.m. Floor trading won’t re-open until Monday. All trades on CME’s electronic Globex platform after 5 p.m. will not be cleared until Monday.
We’d like to wish all our friends, associates and partners a happy holiday weekend. Since we are serious numbers crunchers and passionate about data here at CMG, we think the occasion calls for some good old 4th of July trivia! Enjoy.
Baseball: Who pitched a no hitter on the 4th of July? Dave Righetti of the NY Yankees in 1983. But perhaps the wildest game ever played happened on July 4 between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets. It went 19 innings and ended close to 4 AM. Mets won 16-13.
The Presidency: Which three U.S. Presidents died on the 4th of July? John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third president, both died on the same day in 1826.
Population: When the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, the estimated population in the U.S. was 2.5 million. In 2013, that number has grown to 316.5 million currently living in the U.S.
Hot Dogs: What’s is the origin of Nathan’s 4th of July hot dog eating competition? According to legend, on July 4, 1916, four immigrants held a hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous stand on Coney Island to settle an argument about who was the most patriotic. Takeru Kobayashi ate 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes on July 4, in 2001, a world record (Kobayashi also holds world records for eating meatballs, Twinkies, pizza, and pasta). Approximately 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on this 4th of July. That’s roughly half a hot dog for every person in the U.S.
Courtesy of blog.surveyanalytics.com