CME Group Inc (NASDAQ:CME), the derivatives marketplace, has just announced its operating metrics for April 2015, with Forex volumes lagging behind the highs of March 2015, but markedly ahead of the results recorded a year earlier.
Foreign exchange average daily volumes amounted to 838,000 contracts in April 2015, up by impressive 50% from the levels seen in April 2014. At the same time, the result was 23% lower than the 1,087,000 mark the marketplace hit in March 2015.
The average daily notional value of FX contracts traded in April was $86 billion.
Another robust segment was energy. CME Group energy volume averaged 1.8 million contracts per day in April 2015, a result which is 23% higher than in April 2014. Trading with agricultural commodities contracts was also solid, as these volumes averaged 1.3 million contracts per day, up 11% from April 2014. CME Group metals volume averaged 324,000 contracts per day, staging a minor rise of 1% from prior April.
Looking at segments that provided less strong numbers, we see that interest rate volumes at CME Group averaged 5.1 million contracts per day in April 2015, down 14% year-on-year. Eurodollar futures volume averaged 1.8 million contracts per day, marking a drop of 18% year-on-year, whereas Eurodollar options volume averaged 791,000 contracts per day, marking a rise of 8% from April 2014.
Treasury futures volume averaged 2.0 million contracts per day, falling by 17% year-on-year. Treasury options volume fell 20% year-on-year and averaged 457,000 contracts per day.
CME Group equity index volume in April 2015 averaged 2.1 million contracts per day, which is 24% lower than in April 2014.
Across all segments, average daily volumes amounted at CME Group totaled 11.5 million contracts in April 2015, which is 6% lower than in April 2014.
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