By Simon Miller

March global derivatives and cash equities exchange trading volumes on NYSE Euronext fell with European and US Cash average daily volumes (ADV) down 13% and 24% respectively year-over-year.

NYX saw trading volumes declined year-over-year across most venues, but several venues showed some improvement from February 2012 levels.

Global derivatives ADV decreased 11.5% against 2011 to 8.1 million contracts in March but grew 15.4% from February 2012 levels. European fixed income derivatives increasing 17.5% while European cash trading ADV decreased 12.7% year-over-year – although it increased 0.5% from February 2012 levels. US cash trading ADV decreased 23.6% from March 2011 levels and was down 0.6% from February 2012 levels.

NYSE Euronext US equity options saw an ADV of 4.1m contracts in March 2012, a drop of 6.0% compared to March 2011 levels awhile NYSE Euronext’s US options exchanges accounted for 26.0% of total US consolidated equity options trading in March 2012, in-line with March 2011 and up from 25.4% in February 2012.

NYSE Liffe US ADV of approximately 104,900 contracts increased from 35,600 contracts in March 2011 and increased from 88,600 contracts in February 2012.

There were a total of 22 trading days in Europe and the US in March 2012 compared to 23 trading days in Europe and the US in March 2011.

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