Just like in the index, the weekly options in the single stocks won’t be just a new maturity in the regular options. It will be a separate class, called 1RD, 2RD, 4RD and if applicaple 5RD – with the number for the first friday, the second friday etc. For obvious reasons there won’t be a new class for options expiring the regular third Friday. Except some extra useless series in expiration week, though.
The reason for introducing these weekly’s as a separate class isn’t to bully investors (who can’t roll over their positions with simple time spreads). Systems at several institutions monitor options with a four digit maturity code (“1212” for Dec ’12) and hence lack the flexibility to include the weekly maturity schedule. Sounds like the Y2K problem.
We will witness tight spreads, low absolute values and regular early exercise options. Nice as well are the dividend games to be expected a few times a year. All current liquidity providers can join as primary market maker in the new classes. There won’t be any competitive market makers selected.
Hard to say whether or not this single stock options will become a success. For retail investors the transaction costs are killing them with these low priced options. They need a real home run to make some profit. Euronext should have cut the transaction fees for investors to bring this 4MT, 4IN and 4RD markets alive.