A sharp rise in volatility in Gold prices led the CME to announce that on Wednesday, November 28th, the exchange hit a record high for daily trading volume in its COMEX Gold futures products. On the day, 486,315 contracts were traded which eclipsed the previous record set on May 29th 2012 of 484,721.
Prices of Gold have become more active as trader’s have been speculating on its outcome in the face of the US Fiscal Cliff talk, the Bank of Japan easing, the FED’s QE3 program, and ongoing problems in the Eurozone. On one hand you have the Gold bugs expecting worldwide inflation as currencies devalue and $2000/oz targets for the metal. On the other side are traders that see slower growth taking place in China and the rest of the Asian/Pacific region and are betting on an overall decline in commodity prices as demand declines. The result is a tug-of-war between two spirited groups which has led to prices of Gold experiencing many days of huge gains or losses.
CME Group Announces Trading Volume Record for its Gold Futures Contracts
CHICAGO, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced a record in daily trading volume for COMEX Gold Futures. These contracts are listed by and subject to the rules of COMEX.
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On November 28, COMEX Gold Futures reached a record daily volume of 486,315 contracts, surpassing the previous record of 484,721 set on May 29, 2012.
“Our Gold Futures contract continues to be the most liquid and transparent benchmark in the global gold marketplace,” said Harriet Hunnable, Managing Director, Metals Products, CME Group. “This record volume is indicative of investors’ reliance on gold futures to manage their exposure to changing world events as well as supply and demand factors in the metals marketplace.”
CME Group has shown robust activity across many metals products this week which has pushed average daily volume (ADV) for its metals complex above 415,000 contracts so far in November, marking the second time this year that monthly ADV has edged higher than 400,000 contracts.
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