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CME Group Feb. Volume Averages 13.7 Million Contracts Per Day

Date Posted: March 4, 2013

Chicago—CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, announced March 1 that February 2013 volume averaged 13.7 million contracts per day, up 7 percent from February 2012, and up 20 percent from January 2013.

Total volume for February 2013 was more than 259 million contracts, of which 88 percent was traded electronically.

In February 2013, CME Group interest rate volume averaged 6.5 million contracts per day, up 8 percent from February 2012, and the third consecutive month with year-over-year growth.

Treasury futures volume averaged a record 3.8 million contracts per day, up 33 percent compared with the same period a year ago.

Treasury options volume averaged 551,000 contracts per day, up 71 percent from February 2012, and the second-highest monthly volume ever.

Other monthly records included 5-Year U.S. Treasury Note futures and the Ultra Treasury Bond futures and options.

Eurodollar futures volume averaged 1.7 million contracts per day, down 11 percent from the same period a year ago, while Eurodollar options volume averaged 370,000 contracts per day, down 55 percent from February last year.

Strength in longer-dated Eurodollar contract activity continued, with record monthly Gold Eurodollar futures in February.

CME Group foreign exchange (FX) volume averaged 1.1 million contracts per day, up 26 percent from February 2012, and included a monthly average daily volume record for Japanese Yen futures and options.

CME Group equity index volume in February 2013 averaged 2.7 million contracts per day, up 22 percent from the same period last year.

CME Group agricultural commodities volume in February 2013 averaged 1.3 million contracts per day, up 6 percent compared with the prior-year period, and included a monthly average daily volume record for soybean meal futures.

Kansas City Board of Trade hard red winter wheat futures and options volume averaged 33,865 contracts per day in February 2013, up 31 percent compared with the same period in 2012.

CME Group energy volume averaged 1.8 million contracts per day in February 2013, down 18 percent compared with the same period in 2012, which was particularly strong due primarily to shifting supply-and-demand dynamics in Natural Gas at that time.

CME Group metals volume averaged 439,000 contracts per day, up 11 percent from the same period last year.

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