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Electronic equity trading up eight per cent month on month – Record Levels of Trading in ETFs and ETCs, and on EDX London

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19.7 million equity trades were carried out across London Stock Exchange Group’s electronic order books during October, an increase of eight per cent on the previous month. The total equity value …

traded across the Group during the month was £173.4 billion (€189.4 billion).

Significant volatility during October 2008, which led to record volumes across the Group’s equity markets last year, affected year on year comparisons. Nevertheless, trading in ETFs, ETCs, fixed income and derivatives products showed strong growth in October. ETF and ETC trading set new records, with the average daily number of ETF and ETC trades up 84 per cent on last year. The average daily value traded on the MTS cash markets increased 76 per cent year on year, while EDX London also performed strongly, seeing its second busiest month ever for number of contracts traded.

 

UK Cash Equities

The average daily value traded on the UK order book was £4.2 billion (€4.6 billion), seven per cent higher than the previous month but a decrease of 44 per cent year on year. The total value traded was £92.9 billion (€101.5 billion).

There was a six per cent month on month increase in the average daily number of trades in UK equities, with 566,377 trades per day, a decrease of 39 per cent year on year. The total number of UK equity trades during the month was 12.5 million.

 

Italian Cash Equities

On the Italian equity order book, the average daily number of trades in Italian equities was 270,340, up 14 per cent on the previous month, though down 11 per cent on last October. The average daily value traded remained flat year on year at €3.2 billion (£2.9 billion).

The total number of trades was 5.9 million and the total value traded was €69.4 billion (£63.6 billion).

 

International Cash Equities

The average daily value traded in international stocks on the Group’s equity order books was up 11 per cent year on year, totalling £770 million (€841 million), 18 per cent ahead of the average for the previous month. The average daily number of trades was 57,561, an increase of eight per cent on the previous month and up five per cent on last October.

 

ETFs and ETCs

It was a record month for trading in ETFs and ETCs across the Group; the number of trades reached 381,581, a 76 per cent increase on the same month last year, while the total value traded was up 34 per cent year on year to £9.9 billion (€10.8 billion). The average daily number of trades rose 84 per cent year on year to 17,345, while the average daily value traded was up by 40 per cent to £448 million (€490 million).

 

Derivatives

The average daily number of contracts traded on the Group’s derivatives markets, EDX London and IDEM, was up 17 per cent on last year at 467,292. The average daily notional value traded was £4.5 billion (€4.9 billion), 20 per cent lower than the same month last year.

EDX London enjoyed another strong performance during October, recording its second busiest month ever, with 7.0 million contracts traded across its Russian and Scandinavian products, including a record 4.8 million Russian stock options, 700,000 contracts more than the previous record, set last month. Trading in the FTSE Russia IOB Index grew for the fourth consecutive month, with a record 15,806 contracts traded, over three times as many as the previous record of 4,261, set in March 2007.

 

Fixed income

Trading on the MTS Cash markets remained strong, with the average daily value traded up by 76 per cent year on year at €10.7 billion (£9.8 billion), while on the MTS Repo market the average term adjusted daily value traded increased by 81 per cent year on year to €177.9 billion (£162.9 billion).

On MOT, Borsa Italiana’s retail fixed income market, the average daily value traded was €868 million (£795 million), a seven per cent month on month increase, while the average daily number of trades was 13,105, a six per cent month on month increase.

Source: ETFWorld – LSE

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