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The following table shows some key market data on gold futures maturing in April 2000.

Gold Futures: April 2000

Last: 301.50 Exchange: COMEX
Change: -0.90 Bid: 301.50
Previous Day's Vol.: 19378 Ask: 301.70
Open: 302.40 High: 303.50
Open Interest: 83437 Low: 301.40
Previous Settle: 302.40 Most Recent Settle: N/A

As you can see this is very similar to a stock quote table. Let's look at some of the elements:
Last - The most recent price at which these contracts were traded.
Change - The contract's price difference between the last day's settlement and now.
Previous Day's Volume - The number of contracts traded on the previous day.
Open - The opening price of the contracts for today.
Open Interest - The number of contracts that are open as of now and that have not yet been settled.
Previous Settle - The closing price of the contracts for the previous day.
Exchange - The exchange where the contracts are traded.
Bid - The highest current price buyers are willing to pay for the contract.
Ask - The lowest current price asked by the sellers for the contract.
High - Today's highest price so far.
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