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Eurex trading volume reaches 198 million contracts

Second-best month in 2008 / Average daily trading volume of 9.4 million contracts

(PresseBox) (Frankfurt am Main, ) The international derivatives exchange Eurex reported today that in June 2008 trading volume reached 197.7 million contracts, compared with 196.3 million in June 2007 and 194.6 in May 2008. Thus, June 2008 is one of the three strongest months ever on Eurex. Average daily trading volume at Eurex was 9.4 million contracts in June; for the first six months of 2008 the figure is 9.1 million. Through the end of June, total trading volumes on Eurex reached 1,146 million contracts, up 18 percent year-on-year (Jan-June 2007: 970.6 million).

The strongest segment, equity index derivatives, counted 86.1 million contracts, up 14 percent year-on-year (June 2007: 75.6 million). The most heavily traded product on Eurex, the future on the Dow Jones Euro STOXX 50®, grew slightly to 38 million contracts (June 2007: 35.7 million). Options on the Dow Jones Euro STOXX 50 reached its third-best month and totaled 31 million contracts (June 2007: 19.4 million). Equity derivatives volumes climbed by more than 50 percent to 46.4 million contracts (June 2007: 30.6 million), with 30.6 million contracts in equity options and 15.8 million contracts in single stock futures.

The interest rate derivatives segment reached 65.1 million contracts compared with 90.1 million in June 2007. The Euro-Bund Future totalled 25.1 million contracts, the Euro-Bobl Future 14.7 million contracts and the Euro-Schatz Future roughly 19.4 million contracts.

At the International Securities Exchange (ISE), which has been a subsidiary of Eurex since the end of December 2007, US options reached an average daily trading volume of 3.9 million contracts (June 2007: 3 million, up 30 percent). In total, trading volume increased by 30 percent to 81.4 million options contracts (June 2007: 62.6 million).

Eurex Repo, which operates CHF- and EUR repo markets, set new records in all segments in June 2008: all Eurex repo markets had a new peak, average outstanding volume was €134.3 bn. (June 2007: €93.9 bn.). The secured money market segment, Euro GC Pooling, set strongest growth and rose by 260 percent to an average outstanding volume of €39.9 bn. (June 2007: €11.1 bn.).

The electronic trading platform Eurex Bonds, which rounds out Eurex's fixed-income product range, traded volume of €8.7 bn. (single counting) in June compared to the May 2008 figure of €7.1 bn. (+ 23 percent); in June 2007 volume was €17 bn.