Volumes on the world's largest exchanges remained strong in
June, ensuring a record first half in 2004.
Eurex, Euronext Liffe, Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and
Chicago Board of Trade (CBoT) all set six-month figures higher
than last year, the European exchanges up 5.5% and 24.1% and
the Chicago bourses up 25.1% and 39.9% respectively.
CBoT's June growth was largely driven by its agricultural
markets experiencing significant gains in volume. The exchange
saw average daily volume in June rise 15.3% from June 2003
levels to over 2.25m contracts. Total exchange open interest at
the end of June rose 30.4% last year to just under 10.5m
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