Eurex, international derivatives exchange announced that it traded and cleared over 65 million contracts in January. This is the third-best monthly volume to date for the world’s leading derivatives exchange and 22 percent higher than the number traded in January 2001. The January total corresponds to an average daily volume of some three million contracts traded at Eurex.
The capital markets products were the highest-turnover segment again in January, with turnover of approximately 40 million contracts, an 8 percent increase compared to January 2001. The capital market products at Eurex again were the world’s most successful family of exchange-traded derivatives in January. The highest-volume contract in this segment and at Eurex overall was the Euro Bund future, with some 18 million contracts traded. This is approximately five percent higher than the January 2001 volume and was its second-best monthly volume to date.
The volume traded in Euro Bobl futures, was seven percent higher compared to last January, increasing to 9.6 million contracts traded, its second-highest monthly total to date. Volume in the Euro Schatz future rose 23 percent to 9.6 million contracts traded. A total of 25.7 million contracts were traded in equity-based derivatives in January, comprising 12.1 million contracts in the equity index derivatives segment and 13.6 million contracts in the equity options segment, the highest monthly volume to date. The figures represent an increase of more than 80 percent in the futures and options on indexes and 33 percent in the equity options, compared with January 2001. In the equity index derivatives, the futures contract on Dow Jones Euro STOXX 50, with 3.9 million contracts traded, was 178 percent higher than in January last year, and 39 percent higher than the DAX option, in which some 3.6 million contracts were traded.
In options on the Dow Jones Euro STOXX 50, volume was 125 percent higher than in January 2001, with 2.2 million contracts traded. In the equity options segment, the option on shares of Siemens in January, with more than two million contracts traded, represented a 95 percent growth in volume compared with the year before. The results correspond with the level of trading in the option on Deutsche Telekom, which posted 41 percent growth in volume, and the option on Nokia with 1.9 million contracts, increasing 115 percent. The volume posted in Nokia options also set a new record for trading in this product (previous record: November 2001 with 1.66million contracts traded).