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CME Group Makes Clean Sweep With Solid Average Daily Volume

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Shares of CME Group Inc. (CME - Free Report) gained 2.4% in the last trading session after it reported average daily volume (ADV) for August. ADV of 16 million contracts per day improved 16% year over year. Of this, Options volume surged 30% year over year to average 3.1 million contracts per day, while electronic options soared 51% year over year and averaged 2.2 million contracts per day. The company witnessed increase in ADV in all six product lines.

Metals volume of 0.6 million contracts per day increased 50%, whereas Energy volume of 2.8 million contracts rallied 25%. Interest rate volume of 7.8 million contracts per day rose 10%, Equity index volume of 2.7 million increased 15% and Foreign exchange volume improved 29% to about 0.8 million. Agricultural volume of about 1.5 million contracts per day increased 18% year over year.

Recently, securities exchanges namely, CBOE Holdings Inc. (CBOE - Free Report) , Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NDAQ - Free Report) and MarketAxess Holdings Ltd. (MKTX - Free Report) also posted their August volumes.

CBOE Holdings’ ADV increased 33% to 7.4 million contracts per day, while Intercontinental Exchange witnessed a 12% increase in ADV to 4.6 million contracts. MarketAxess’ monthly trading volume for August was $114.3 billion.

Shares of CME Group have outperformed the industry quarter to date. While the stock has gained 2.6%, the Securities Exchanges industry registered a 1.8% rise.

CME Group’s improving volumes are driven by a solid operating leverage, helping it maintain an enormous market share. The company holds about 90% market share of the global futures trading and clearing services. Expansion of futures products in emerging markets, plus increase in non-transaction related opportunities and OTC offerings should continue to contribute modestly to the top-line growth in years ahead. Efforts to expand and cross-sell through strategic alliances, acquisitions, new product initiatives as well as global presence should also drive growth.

Zacks Rank

CME Group presently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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