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CME Group volume averaged all time record of 16.8m contracts per day in May (Up 58%)

Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Opalesque Industry Updates - CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced that May volume averaged an all-time record of 16.8 million contracts per day, up 58 percent from May 2009. Total volume was 335 million contracts for May, of which 84 percent was traded electronically.

In May 2010, CME Group interest rate volume averaged 8.1 million contracts per day, up 72 percent compared with the prior May, representing the highest year-over-year growth for the past several years. Treasury futures volume averaged 3.6 million contracts per day, up 90 percent compared with the same period in 2009, and Treasury options volume averaged 317,000 contracts per day, up 19 percent. Eurodollar futures volume averaged 2.9 million contracts per day, up 67 percent versus May 2009, while Eurodollar options volume averaged 1.2 million contracts per day, up 54 percent.

CME Group equity index volume averaged 4.2 million contracts per day, up 41 percent from May 2009, reflecting the first positive year-over-year growth since May 2009. CME Group foreign exchange (FX) volume averaged a record 1.3 million contracts per day, up 140 percent compared with the same period a year ago, reflecting a record average daily notional value of $161 billion. Several individual FX contracts achieved record average daily volume in May, including Australian dollar futures, British pound futures, Canadian dollar futures, E-mini Euro FX futures, E-mini Japanese yen futures, Euro FX futures, Euro FX options and E-micro Euro-U.S. dollar futures.

CME Group energy volume averaged a record 2.0 million contracts per day, up 42 percent compared with May 2009, driven primarily by all-time record volume for WTI and refined products. Record WTI futures and options volume averaged 1.1 million contracts per day, up 76 percent versus May 2009, while refined products averaged a record 284,000 contracts, up 42 percent. CME Group commodities and alternative investments volume averaged 731,000 contracts per day, level with the prior May. CME Group metals volume averaged a record 398,000 contracts per day, up 93 percent compared with the same period last year.

Open outcry volume averaged 2.0 million contracts in May, up 29 percent versus May 2009. Electronic volume averaged a record 14.0 million contracts per day, up 66 percent from the prior May, while privately negotiated volume increased 55 percent to 246,000 contracts per day. Average daily volume cleared through CME ClearPort was 507,000 contracts for May 2010, up 8 percent compared with May 2009.

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