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CME Group (NASDAQ:CME), one of world’s leading derivatives marketplaces, announced that on March 10 it reached record trading volumes for forex futures and options. The record 2 517 334 contracts were traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). The number is 6% higher than the previous record of March 6, 2010. Also on March 10, were traded the record 2 350 478 forex futures contracts, exceeding by 142 061 the previous record of 2 208 417 contracts from May 6, 2010.
The record volumes were driven by the Euro FX Futures (EUR/USD) trade: $127.13 billion in notional value in futures and $18.5 billion in options.
CME Group forex futures and options are listed by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The Group is one of the largest futures and options exchanges in the world and offers products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange,energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate. It operates trading facilities in Chicago, New York and London and the electronic trading platform CME Globex. CME Group also owns Dow Jones stock and financial indexes, and CME Clearing Services, which provides settlement and clearing of exchange trades.
In 2015 the CME Group posted a 10.6% year-on-year increase in net income. The total revenue of the CME Group for 2015 was $3.3 billion and the operating income was $2 billion. The net income for the same period was $1.25 billion – 10.6% more than in 2014, when it was $1.13.
In January 2016 CME Group posted record high daily average volume levels for forex, options and electronic options contracts, totaling 345 million contracts – the highest number for a year.