August 4, 2008


Futures exchange sees more contracts traded electronically


CME Group, the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange, today announced that July 2008 volume averaged 11.2 million contracts per day, with total volume for the month exceeding 245 million contracts. 


CME owns and runs CBOT.


Compared with July 2007, volume was down 1 percent, with a record 85 percent of contracts traded electronically.  Total monthly electronic volume increased 7 percent over July 2007, averaging 9.5 million contracts per day.


Year-to-date 2008 volume through July averaged 12.2 million contracts per day, up 16 percent from the same period last year.


CME Group E-mini equity index volume averaged 3.5 million contracts per day, up 34 percent compared with July 2007.  CME Group commodities and alternative investments volume averaged 878,000 contracts per day, up 15 percent. 

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