WTI & dated Brent price, April 2011
CME, ICE report year-over-year energy trading volume declines in April
CME Group, the parent company of NYMEX, and The IntercontinentalExchange
each reported on May 3 that the average daily volume for their energy contracts
dropped year-over-year in April.
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Nearly 1.68 million energy contracts offered by CME Group were traded
on average each trading day in April, a 4% drop from the April 2010.
ICE Futures Europe saw an average daily volume of 866,718 last month, a 7.8%
decline from ADV in April 2010.
ICE WTI crude futures and options, where ADV dropped from 270,392 in
April 2010 to 168,862 last April or a 37.5% drop, and ICE ECX emissions
futures and options, where ADV dropped from 35,162 in April 2010 to 19,553
last April or a 44.4% drop, saw the largest percentage declines of any ICE
ICE Brent crude futures and options, however, jumped 2% in ADV, up to
428,433 contract last month, from 419,969 in April 2010. ICE Gasoil futures
and options increased to 223,250 ADV last month, up 20% from April 2010 when
ADV was 186,023.
Overall, CME's April volume averaged 12.1 million contracts per day, a
2% jump from April 2010, and 83% of the 243 million contracts traded last
month were traded electronically.
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