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^GSPC is a price index, not a total return index, so it does not include dividends. SPY is an ETF that holds the underlying stocks. When it receives a dividend it keeps it in a cash account (which of course affects the NAV and market value of SPY shares) until the end of the quarter. At that time (on the 3d friday of Mar Jun Sep or Dec) it will pay out the ...


Theoretically "information" about stock prices is still arriving (including information about developments outside the United States) and the futures market is doing its best in estimating what the price of the index would be if it was trading. In practice, during the night, traders are following the foreign markets (Europe, Asia) and adjusting the price of ...


Because in the time interval expectations change (due to news etc.).

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