Trading volume on Spanish stock market up 19.8% in April

The trading volume in April 2017 on the Spanish stock market came in at €69.7bn, the best month in terms of trading volume in the last year, up 19.8% on the previous month and 54.1% up on February, although 10.7% down year-on-year. The trading volume for the first four months of the year totaled €229.6bn, down 16.6% year on year.

The number of trades in April reached 4.3m, down 16% in relation to the previous month and 7.1% lower than in the same month in 2016.The number of equity trades to the end of April reached 17.1m, down 15.2% year-on-year.

As for the ETF segment, the trading volume to the end of April was €1.4bn, down 47% year on year. In April, the trading volume came in at €380.5m, down 25.6% from a year earlier.

The trading volume on the Warrants and Certificates market to the end of April totaled €170.8m, down 35.3% year-on-year. The trading volume in April reached €31.2m, down 38.3% year on year.

New issues of Warrants and Certificates admitted to trading in the first four months of 2017 reached 1,800.

Futures and Options

The trading volume in the derivatives market in April reached 3.3m contracts, up 11.6% from the same month the previous year.

In April there were 1,010,478 stock futures and 1,380,629 stock options traded, up 59.8% and 4.1% year on year respectively. There was also heavy trading in index options, at 234,224 contracts, up 33.4% from the previous year. Trading in index futures in April reached 495,623 for IBEX 35 futures and 122,984 for Mini IBEX Futures, down 7% and 10% from March.

The open interest in financial derivatives at the end of April was 9,869,305 contracts, up 2.2% from the previous month. It is worth mentioning the open position in stock derivatives, at 963,044 Futures contracts and 8,052,063 Options, up 3.6% and 1.8% respectively, compared to March.

Fixed Income

Trading volume in the Spanish fixed income market reached €9.7bn in April, down 15.8% year on year.

Public Debt trading volume on SENAF, BME’s wholesale electronic trading platform, came in at €9.1bn in April, 50.6% lower than in the same period a year earlier. Trading volumes on the first four months of the year reached €58.4bn (+ 12.3%)

New issues on corporate debt market in April reached €8.5bn, up 1.9% from a year earlier. To the end of April €54.6bn were traded, down 10.8% year-on-year.

Admissions on the MARF market in April reached €355m, 62% up year-on-year. The figure for the first four months totaled €1.2bn, up 76.5% year on year. The outstanding balance to the end of April increased 43.9% year-on-year to €2.1bn.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alicia Villegas
Alicia Villegas speaks Spanish and Italian and is Iberia Correspondent for InvestmentEurope. She was shortlisted for the Rising Star Award at the British Media Awards 2017 and Writer of the Year at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards 2016. Previously, she worked for almost three years at the seafood business website Undercurrent News as a market reporter. In Spain, she also worked for more than five years for several media outlets.

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