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CME Group April Volume Averages 11.6 Million Contracts Per Day, Up 8% From April 2012

Date Posted: May 2, 2013

Chicago—CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, announced May 2 that April 2013 volume averaged 11.6 million contracts per day, up 8 percent compared with April 2012.

Total volume for April 2013 was more than 254 million contracts, of which 87 percent was traded electronically.

In April 2013, CME Group metals volume averaged a record 532,000 contracts per day, up 62 percent from April 2012, driven by monthly records across various products including copper.

CME Group energy volume averaged 1.9 million contracts per day in April 2013, up 20 percent compared with the prior April.

During the month, open interest in NYMEX Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) futures reached a record 1.77 million contracts and open interest for NYMEX Brent Crude Oil Futures surpassed 53,000.

Furthermore, 458,000 energy contracts were cleared through CME ClearPort, up 16 percent from the prior April and up 5 percent sequentially.

CME Group foreign exchange (FX) volume averaged 898,000 contracts per day, up 18 percent from April 2012, with continued strength in Japanese Yen.

CME Group equity index volume in April 2013 averaged 2.7 million contracts per day, up 16 percent from the same period last year.

CME Group interest rate volume averaged 4.3 million contracts per day, down 2 percent from April 2012.

Treasury futures volume averaged 2.2 million contracts per day, up 14 percent compared with the same period a year ago.

Treasury options volume averaged 393,000 contracts per day, also up 14 percent from April 2012.

On April 29, 2013, the 10 millionth contract was traded in weekly Treasury options, which were launched January 24, 2011.

Eurodollar futures volume averaged 1.4 million contracts per day, down 12 percent from the same period a year ago, while Eurodollar options volume averaged 317,000 contracts per day, down 36 percent from April last year.

CME Group agricultural commodities volume in April 2013 averaged 1.2 million contracts per day, down 6 percent compared with the prior-year period.

This total now includes the Kansas City Board of Trade hard red winter wheat futures and options volume for the month, which averaged 31,000 contracts per day, up 48 percent compared with the same period in 2012.*

*Note that the KCBT hard red winter wheat average daily volume is included within the CME Group rollup as of April 1, 2013, but not historically prior to that date, following the acquisition which closed on November 30, 2012.

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