Eurex's volume of 69.9m contracts in August has brought its
total year-to-date to 682m contracts, up 32% on 2002. While the
exchange's fixed income products remain the highest-volume
sector - with the Euro Bund alone trading a total of 16.2m
contracts - equitybased derivatives continued to grow on Eurex.
A total of nearly 32m contracts was traded: 16.3m in equity
index products and 15.6m in equity options. Turnover in index
contracts rose 36% year-on-year, the leading contract in the
sector being the DJ Euro Stoxx 50 index future, with 6.4m
Eurex continues to make much of its growth in Dutch and
French equity options, with the former trading more than
740,000 during August, up 79% on August 2002. According to
Eurex's own calculations this accounted for about 14% of the
total market in Dutch equity options. The volume in French
equity options reached around 152,000 contracts, an eight-fold
increase on last year. By its own count, this gave Eurex a
market share of 12.5% in French equity options, measured in
terms of the nominal value of the equity options traded.
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