Stockholm, April 2, 2012 – NASDAQ OMX today publishes monthly trade statistics for the Nordic and Baltic markets. Below follows a summary of the highlights for March 2012:
· The share trading on NASDAQ OMX Nordic decreased by 15.5 % to a daily average of 2.4bn EUR, compared to 2.8bn EUR in March 2011. Compared to the previous month, February 2012, the daily average decreased by 3.7 %.
· Derivatives trading decreased by 6.2 % to a daily average of 533,286 contracts, compared with 568,584 contracts in March 2011.
· ETF trading1 (Exchange Traded Funds) increased by 16.1 % to a daily average of 87m EUR compared to 75m EUR in March 2011.
· Hennes & Mauritz was the most traded stock on NASDAQ OMX Nordic exchanges during the past month, followed by Volvo.
· Merrill Lynch International was the most active member on NASDAQ OMX Nordic during the past month, followed by SEB.
· NASDAQ OMX Nordic’s share of order-book trading in our listed stocks decreased to 68.0 % compared to 68.5 % the previous month. Foreign marketplaces accounted for 29.3 % of the trading in NASDAQ OMX Nordic shares2.
· NASDAQ OMX Nordic’s share of order-book trading in Norwegian listed shares3 increased to 7.2 % compared to 6.4 the previous month.
· NASDAQ OMX Nordic’s average time at EBBO4 (European Best Bid Offer) was:
1) ETF trading figure encompasses NASDAQ OMX Stockholm and NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.
2)Source: Thomson Reuters and NASDAQ OMX. Included marketplaces are Chi-X, Bats, Turquoise, EuronextArca, Xetra and Burgundy.
3) Currently NASDAQ OMX offers trading in 21 of the 25 OBX shares.
4)EBBO (European Best Bid Offer) refers to the current best price available for selling or buying a trading instrument such as a stock.
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