Mixed month for CME Group trading in April

Mixed month for CME Group trading in April

An average of 12.1m contracts changed hands each day, up 2% from the same period in 2010 but down 16% from the previous month.

Of the 243m contracts traded, 83% were completed electronically, not much of a drop from the record 85% in March.

By the end of April open interest had grown to 96m contracts, 5% above the level a year earlier. CME’s Eurodollar Futures, the second most actively traded futures contract globally, increased their daily average volume by 5% from April 2010 to 2.5m contracts.

Eurodollar options did not fare as well, dropping 14% on the same period last year to an average 0.72m contracts a day.

It was a brisk month for the 38 agricultural commodity contracts offered by the exchange, with trading up 16% from the previous month and 44% above April 2010’s volumes to a daily average of 1.3m contracts.

Metals volumes surged 63% from the same period last year to average 0.42m contracts a day.

CME also carries three of the top 10 most actively traded foreign exchange contracts in the world. All three had increased their trading levels in March, but they lost some steam in April, with ADV dipping to 0.8m contracts a day, 5% below the year-ago month.

Energy derivatives did not fare much better, losing 4% of their April 2010 volume to 1.7m a day.

Also declining were CME’s equity index volumes, down 14% from last year to a daily average of 2.2m.

On the other hand, gains were made by both Treasury futures and options. ADV for Treasury futures was 7% up year-on-year at 2.2m, while options grew 10% to 0.29m.

An average of 5.7m interest rate contracts changed hands each day on the exchange, up 2% from last April.

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