IntercontinentalExchange, a leading operator of regulated global futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, reported futures trading volume for September and the third quarter of 2012. ICE’s September average daily volume (ADV) decreased 3% compared to September 2011. Third quarter 2012 ADV declined 4% year-to-year. ICE’s third quarter OTC energy average daily commissions (ADC) were $1.4 million, compared to $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2011.
Global Futures Exchanges
ICE operates three regulated futures exchanges: ICE Futures Europe, ICE Futures U.S. and ICE Futures Canada.
September ADV across ICE’s futures exchanges decreased 3% from the prior September to 1,681,581 contracts. ICE Futures Europe ADV was 1,230,369 contracts, an increase of 5% over September 2011. ICE Futures U.S. ADV decreased 19% to 432,994 contracts.
Third quarter 2012 ADV for all ICE futures contracts declined 4% from the prior third quarter to 1,508,052 contracts.
ADV for the first nine months of 2012 for all ICE futures contracts increased 1% to 1,563,564 contracts.
OTC Energy and Credit Transaction Revenues
Third quarter 2012 ADC for ICE’s OTC energy business was $1.4 million, down 9% from the third quarter of 2011.
Revenues from ICE’s credit default swap (CDS) trade execution, processing and clearing business totaled $33 million, compared to $46 million in the third quarter of 2011, and included $16 million in CDS clearing revenues.
Financial Updates and Guidance
In conjunction with ICE’s transition from cleared energy swaps to futures effective October 15, ICE will report October volumes on Monday, November 5th to coincide with the company’s third quarter 2012 earnings release.
September 2012 Review
ICE Futures Europe records:
An exchange-wide open interest record of 6,785,840 contracts was established on September 28.
ICE Gas Oil options, Dutch Nat Gas and Emissions ERU futures set total monthly volume and ADV contract records. ADV records were also established in ICE Heating Oil and Coal futures and ICE Brent Crude and WTI options contracts.
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During September, open interest records were made in the following contracts: Brent Crude options (1,489,036 contracts), Emissions EUA futures (1,019,904), WTI options (510,024), Emissions CER futures (257,948), Emissions CER options (107,044), Emissions ERU futures (61,714), Coal Rotterdam futures (96,545) and Coal Rotterdam options (2,040).
ICE Futures U.S. records:
Cocoa futures set an open interest record of 207,128 on September 14.
ICE Futures Canada records:
The exchange established an open interest record of 303,153 contracts on September 13.
ICE announced its further expansion into European gas and power markets with the agreement to acquire a majority stake in APX-ENDEX, a European derivatives and spot natural gas exchange operator.
ICE Clear Europe cleared its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Cleared Swap on the Platts* Japan Korea Market (JKM).
ICE announced the acquisition of WhenTech, a market leading technology, software and information provider for option market participants.
Due to customer preference, ICE accelerated its transition of cleared OTC energy contracts to futures contracts to occur October 15, 2012.
Through September 28, ICE’s CDS clearing houses have cleared $34.2 trillion in gross notional value on a cumulative basis on 1,040,568 transactions. ICE currently lists 351 CDS contracts for clearing.
ICE Clear Credit has cleared $19.9 trillion in gross notional value since inception, including $1.9 trillion in single-name CDS, resulting in open interest of $822 billion. ICE Clear Credit offers clearing for 49 indexes and 133 corporate single-names and four Latin American sovereign CDS.
ICE Clear Europe has cleared €10.6 trillion ($14.3 trillion) of gross notional value since inception, including €1.4 trillion ($1.9 trillion) in single-name CDS, resulting in €571 billion ($735 billion) of open interest. ICE Clear Europe offers clearing for 44 indexes and 121 single-name instruments.
Trading days in September 2012:
ICE Futures Europe: 19
ICE Futures U.S.: 19
ICE Futures Canada: 19