05 September 2016
Reporter: Drew Nicol

BME Clearing sees derivative slump in August

Spanish stock exchange BME Clearing’s derivative market saw an 11 percent drop off in volumes for August, compared to the same time in 2015.

The exchange recorded 27.4 million contracts last month, with contracts trading volumes in IBEX 35 Futures and IBEX Mini Futures reaching 4.7 million and 1.9 million respectively, representing a fall of 6 percent and 15 percent from August 2015.

Options trading volume also fell slightly by 3 percent to hit 12.4 million contracts, along with open interest which dropped by 1.5 percent from the previous year.

Futures trading bucked the trend, however, with stock dividends and futures on IBEX Impact Dividends increasing in the first eight months of the year by 42 percent and a 102 percent respectively.

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