The best month of March since 2008
The equity trading volume on the Spanish Stock Exchange in March was €85.6 billion, up 32% year on year, representing the best month of March in the past 7 years. Accumulated volumes in the first quarter of the year reached €260.3 billion, up 37% year on year.
The number of trades in March reached 5.4 million, up 0.2% from the same month a year earlier, while accumulated trades to the end of March reached 17.6 million, down 2% year on year.
As for the ETF segment, the trading volume in March came in at €1.2 billion, up 71% from the same month a year earlier. The trading volume in the first three months of 2015 in this segment totalled €3.1 billion, up 17% from a year earlier.
The trading volume on the Warrants and Certificates market in the first three months of 2015 reached €335.2 million, up 61% year-on-year. The trading volume in March in this market reached €115.2 million, up 53% from March 2014. The number of issues admitted to trading on this market in the first three months of the year totaled 2,744, up 47% from a year earlier.
Futures and Options
Trading volume in March reached 6.1 million contracts, up 10.5% year-on-year.
It is worth mentioning the heavy trading in Derivatives on Indices, with 590,333 IBEX 35 Futures contracts traded, up 5.8% year-on-year. Trading in IBEX 35 Options increased to 715,843 contracts, up 46.4% on the year.
Trading in Options on Stocks in March picked up from the previous month, with 2 million contracts traded, up 41.2%. It is worth mentioning the sharp increase in trading in the Futuro Bono 10 contract in March, at 2,226 contracts, up 209.1% year on year.
The trading volume on the Corporate Debt market in the first quarter totalled €159.1 billion, down 58% year on year, though 81.7 billion correspond to trading to maturity, up 8.7% year-on-year. In March, the trading volume came in at €54.4 billion.
The volume of new issues in the first quarter reached €56.8 billion, almost double (95%) the amount for the same period in 2014. New issues in March came in at €18.8 billion.
The trading volume on the SEND electronic trading platform reached €364.6 million in the first quarter, of which 140.8 million correspond to Public Debt trading, which is double the amount posted in the same period in 2014 (117.4%). In March, trading on SEND came in at €113.1 million.
In the first quarter, Public Debt traded on SENAF, the wholesale electronic Public Debt platform, totalled €27.9 billion, a figure almost identical to that for the same period in 2014. In March the trading volume was €10.7 billion.