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Futures & Options on Russian Trading System: September Market Data

Date 02/10/2002

In September 2002, 52.8 thousand trades were executed on FORTS (Futures &Options on RTS), a 2.6% increase over 51.4 thousand trades in June. Trading volume reached 2.15 million contracts or 6.5 billion rubles in underlying value. The month of August showed 2.1 million contracts and 7.2 billion rubles in underlying value. On September 25, 2002, total daily trading volume hit the all-time high of 150 610 contracts (3 781 trades).

Total open interest at the end of September stood at 180.8 thousand contracts or 612 million rubles in underlying value, compared to 272 thousand contracts and 995.6 million rubles at the end of August.

FORTS participants executed 51.7 thousand trades in futures contracts, up 2.4% on the last month's 50.4 thousand. Futures contracts trading volume increased by 2.2%, from 2.07 million contracts at the end of August to 2.1 million contracts at the end of September. Total underlying value reached 6.4 billion rubles.

In options 1 109 trades were executed, up 11.9% over the previous month's 991 trades. Total trading volume in September reached 28.7 thousand contracts with 84.2 million rubles in underlying value (compared to 31.8 thousand and 104 million rubles in August).