The average daily number of trades carried out across the equity order books of the London Stock Exchange and Borsa Italiana during May 2008 was 906,913, an increase of 13 per cent on May last year.
The average daily value traded during May was £12.7 billion (€16.2 billion), a fall of ten percent on May 2007, but an increase of 11 per cent on April 2008.
A total of 18.4 million electronic equity trades were carried out during May 2008, with a combined value of £259.2 billion (€329.8 billion). The total number of trades during the first five months of the year was 108.8 million, up 36 per cent on the same period last year, and the total value traded has increased seven per cent to £1.4 trillion (€1.8 trillion).
UK Order Book
The average daily number of trades on the UK order book during May 2008 was 623,683, up 30 per cent on the previous year, and the average daily value traded was £7.0 billion (€8.9 billion), down 11 per cent compared with May 2007.
During the month, the total number of trades was 12.5 million, and the total value traded was £139.7 billion. So far this year, the total number of trades on the UK order book has grown 63 per cent to 74.8 million, and the total value traded has increased 12 per cent to £858.5 billion (€1.1 trillion).
Italian Order Book
The average daily number of order book trades in Italian shares was 245,034 during the month, down from 285,416 during May last year. Meanwhile, the average daily value traded was€6.1 billion (£4.8 billion), making May the strongest month so far this year in terms of value traded.
The total number of trades during May was 5.1 million, and the total value traded was€127.1 billion (£99.9 billion).
International Order Books
It was a strong month for trading in international equities on the two markets. The average daily value traded in international equities increased 29 per cent on May 2007 to £971.0 million (€1.2 billion, while the averagedaily number of trades increased 15 per cent to 38,195.
ETFs and ETCs
Trading in ETFs and ETCs also continued to grow strongly, with the total value traded during the month increasing 89 per cent year on year to £4.4 billion (€5.7 billion). The total number of trades increased21 per cent to 131,616.
Across EDX London and IDEM, an average 408,341 contracts were traded each day during May, 16 per cent higher than during May last year. The average notional value traded each day was £5.3 billion (€6.8 billion), compared with £5.9 billion (€8.7 billion) the same month last year.
The EDX London Russian IOB Equity Derivatives service enjoyed a particularly strong month, with a record 1.3 million contracts traded, the first time the total number of contracts traded through the service has exceeded 1 million. The notional value traded was also a record, at £4.7 billion(€6.0 billion).
Separately, there were 253,172 trades in securitised derivatives during the month, with a total value traded of £1.9 billion(€2.4 billion).