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Futures trading volume jumped in August

Staff writer |
CME Group's daily trading volume climbed in August. Average daily volume at the world's largest futures-market operator averaged 12.2 million contracts last month, up 18% from August 2012 and 12% from July.

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Daily volume for interest-rate futures, the company's largest product by that metric, averaged 6.1 million contracts a day, up 29% from a year earlier. Treasury-futures volume averaged 3.1 million contracts per day, up 26% from a year earlier, while Treasury options volume climbed 35% from a year earlier to 469,000 contracts a day.

Equity-index volume averaged 2.4 million contracts a day last month, a 19% increase from a year earlier.

IntercontinentalExchange said its average daily volume averaged 2.8 million contracts last month, up 2% from a year earlier as its agricultural and financial segments led the growth. However, declines in natural-gas futures and options weighed on its energy segment.

Daily volume for Brent Crude futures and options jumped 13% from August 2012, while gasoil futures and options were up 1%. Natural-gas volume dropped 22% year-to-year.

The ICE equity index futures volume was up 4% while ICE FX grew 60%. Agricultural futures volume increased 10%.

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