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Euronext Paris Derivatives Markets - Trading Reaches Record High In March

Date 05/04/2001

Trading on Paris derivatives markets reached a record 27,340,105 contracts, including both futures and options, in March. Open interest was down 20.7% on February figures, reflecting the close of quarterly deliveries, and at month end stood at 31,127,929 lots.

Trading in equity and index derivatives set a series of all-time highs for:

  • short-term equity options: 10.440 million contracts traded (+9.5% on February).
  • options on CAC40 futures: over 10.315 million lots traded (+81.8% on February); premiums reached a new record high.
  • DJ Euro StoxxSM50 futures: 135,572 lots traded.
In fixed-income derivatives, 3.208 million Euro Notional futures changed hands, easing 3.6% from the previous month.

In commodities, trading rose a steep 49% on February, driven by vigorous demand for rapeseed and maize contracts. The latter recorded its most active month ever, with 6,308 lots changing hands.

Derivatives markets operated by Euronext Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels reported 34.485 million contracts traded in March, a 26.8% rise on February 2001 and 7% more than in March 2000. 90.6% of transactions represented equity and index futures and options. Altogether 90.186 million lots changed hands in the first quarter of 2001.