Japan’s JPX Reports Dim Trading Volumes for April 2018

The JPX also saw a soft monthly performance across its derivatives trading‎.

The Japan Exchange Group (JPX), which operates multiple securities exchanges including the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Osaka Securities Exchange, has reported its monthly ‎trading volumes for April 2018, which failed to build on the previous ‎month’s healthy gains.

The JPX reported an average daily volume (ADV) for the Tokyo Stock Exchange ‎at 3.03 trillion yen ($27.6 billion), a drop of 8.8 percent month-over-month from 3.3 trillion yen ($30.3 billion) in March 2018. However, the figure reflects a gain of 10 percent year-over-year compared to 2.8 trillion yen ($25.1 billion) in April 2017‎.

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The weak figures were partially driven by a drop in trading activity – 1.890 billion shares per day were reported compared to 1.938 billion shares in March 2018, or -3.0 percent month-over-month. Across a yearly interval, this figure reflects a 23 percent decrease, from 2.45 billion contracts.

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In terms of exchange-traded-funds (ETFs), the monthly trading value at the JPX yielded a figure of 3.97 trillion yen ($36.2 billion) in April 2018, which amounts to a 33 percent fall month-over-month. However, ETFs turnover experienced a notable increase compared to a year earlier, growing 22 percent from April 2017.

The JPX also saw a soft monthly performance across its derivatives trading, corresponding to a total trading volume of 26 million contracts in April 2018. The figure fell 38 percent from 42 million contracts in March 2018 but saw a 2.4 percent increase on a year-over-year basis.

Moreover, total derivatives trading at the JPX registered a value of 198 trillion yen ($1.8 trillion) in April 2018, which correlates to nearly 45 percent drop month-over-month and 23 percent increase year-over-year

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