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Strongest trading month ever on Eurex with 149 million contracts

375 million contracts traded in Q1, 2006, up 20 percent on Q1, 2005/ Record trading in both fixed-income and index products/ Single stock futures trade more than one million contracts in March

(PresseBox) (Frankfurt, ) Eurex, the world's largest derivatives exchange, reported on Monday that a total of 149 million contracts were traded in March. This is the strongest trading month ever on Eurex and marks an increase of approximately 27 percent on March 2005. The previous record trading month was June 2005 with
126 million contracts. On March 7, Eurex set a new daily trading record with 10.4 million contracts. The average daily trading volume in March was
6.4 million contracts.
In the first quarter on 2006, 375 million contracts were traded on Eurex, compared with 312 million for the first quarter of 2005.

Trading volume records were also set in the fixed income and equity derivatives segments. Over 81 million contracts were traded in the fixed income derivatives segment, up 20 percent on the previous March (67.7 million contracts). Approximately 35 million contracts were traded in the Euro-Bund-Future, an increase of 14 percent on the same month in the previous year. Trading volume in the Euro-Schatz Future was up 30 percent year on year and with 18 million contracts traded. The Euro-Bobl future contract traded 20.5 million contracts, an increase of approximately 23 percent. All three products, as well as the Euro-Buxl future, had trading records in March.

Equity derivatives also had a record trading month, with volumes up 38 percent year-on-year to 67.3 million contracts (March 2005 : 48.8 million contracts). Of these, 40.4 million were attributable to equity index derivatives and 26.9 million to equity options and single stock futures.
Futures on the Dow Jones Euro STOXX 50 and the DAX index also set new records of approximately 19 million and 4 million contracts respectively.

Trading in single stock futures at Eurex also had the strongest month ever.
In March over 1 million single stock futures contracts were traded, an increase of more than 600 percent on the previous month (February 2006:
153,000 contracts).

The electronic trading platform Eurex Bonds, which rounds out Eurex’s fixed-income product range, recorded a volume of 13.8 billion euros (single
counting) in March, an increase of 14 percent year-on-year and 30 percent on the previous month.