Futures Trading Volume Rises

Three exchanges report a robust September.
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September was a robust month at three big U.S. futures and options exchanges.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange

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average daily volume rose 17.2% last month from a year ago to 6.1 million contracts. For the third quarter, the CME's average daily trading volume was 5.48 million contracts, up 30% from the third quarter of last year, it says.

The CME offers futures and options of futures in six areas: interest rates, stock indices, foreign exchange, agricultural commodities, energy and alternative investment products.

The average daily volume of futures of commodities and alternative investment products had a particular pickup, rising 37% from a year ago, to 86,000 trades a day. Interest rate contracts, the exchange's largest traded product, rose 6%, to average 3.4 million contracts a day.

Shares fell 1.9% Monday to $469.22.

Another Midwest exchange,



Chicago Board of Trade, said average daily trading rose 23.8% from a year ago last month to 3.3 million contracts. The exchange, which specializes in agricultural, financial, equity and commodity futures and options-on-futures products, says total trading volume rose 18%.

Shares rose 0.4% to $121.27.

International Securities Exchange


said average trading in equity and index options for September rose 25.3% from a year earlier, to 2.36 million contracts. Total options trades rose 19.3% from a year ago to 47.3 million contracts.

The ISE's market share of total options trades declined by 0.4 percentage points to 29.7%.

Shares rose 0.51% to $47.05.

The total number of options traded last month, which includes equity, index, futures and currency options, was 159.6 million, according to the Options Clearing Corp.