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Eurex sees June trading volume up 28 per cent over 2006

Trading volume at the international derivatives exchange Eurex rose to 196.3 million contracts in June, the second strongest month in its history following the record of 199 million contracts set in March and an increase of around 28 per cent over the same month of 2006.

The first six months of this year saw an aggregate volume of 970.6 million contracts, an increase of 18 per cent over the first half of 2006.

Contract turnover in the fixed-income segment was up by 34 per cent year on year in June to a new record of 90.1 million, compared with the previous mark of 81.3 million contracts in March 2006.

Four individual products in the fixed-income segment set new record levels. The Euro Bund future was up 37 per cent year on year to 39.8 million contracts, compared with a previous record of 34.9 million contracts, also in March last year.

Options on Euro Bund futures were up 42 per cent to 5.4 million contracts, beating the previous record of 5.1 million contracts in February 2005, Euro Bobl futures rose 31 per cent to 21.2 million contracts, compared with 20.6 million contracts in March 2006, and Euro Schatz futures were up 35 per cent to 20.4 million contracts, exceeding the previous mark of 19.8 million contracts in March this year.

Trading volume in equity-based derivatives amounted to 106 million contracts in June. Equity index derivatives accounted for 75.6 million contracts, an increase of 25 per cent year on year, while equity derivatives accounted for 30.6 million contracts, an increase of 19 per cent.

Volume in the Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 future, the most active individual equity index derivative product, increased 20 per cent to 35.7 million contracts. For Dax options Eurex set a new peak volume of 10.4 million contracts, representing an increase of 70 per cent over June 2006 and up by nearly 27 percent from the previous record of 8.2 million contracts in March this year.

Approximately EUR16.97bn (single counting) was traded in June on the electronic trading platform Eurex Bonds, which rounds out Eurex's fixed-income product range, a year-on-year increase of 32 percent from EUR12.93bn in June 2006.

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