Key figures SIX Swiss Exchange and Scoach Switzerland: September 2011

Zurich - 3 October 2011

Following an August, marked by heavy turbulence on the financial markets, trading activity on SIX Swiss Exchange and Scoach Switzerland settled back in September. The month was nonetheless the second-best this year in terms of the number of trades and the third-best in terms of trading volume.

A total of 3,726,726 transactions were conducted in September – a decline of 22.8% compared with the previous month. With the exception of International Bonds, all segments were affected. With 106,164 trades, the ETF segment crossed the 100,000-trade threshold for the second successive month. A total of 30,877,307 transactions were conducted in the first three quarters of 2011, which corresponds to a clear 16.0% increase compared to the same period of 2010. The strongest growth was recorded in the ETF segment (+54.4%), followed by the equities incl. funds, ETSFs and ETPs segment (+16.1%).

Trading volume in September came to a total of CHF 107.9 billion. This is 17.0% lower than the extremely high volumes reported in August. All in all, volumes in the first three quarters were up by 1.2% year on year. The sharpest increases come from the ETF (+51.8%) and structured products and warrants (+45.9%) segments, while trading volumes declined in the international bonds (-28.7%) and equities incl. funds, ETSFs and ETPs (-6.0%) segments.

The first three quarters of 2011 saw the listings of a total of 40,813 new structured products and warrants, as well as 307 bonds CHF. This represents an increase of 37.1% and 5.5% respectively compared with the year-back period. Furthermore, a total of 14 new participants were accepted on to SIX Swiss Exchange.

There was no consensus in the trends of the leading equity indices in September 2011. The blue chip index SMI® closed at 5,531.7 Punkten (+0.1% compared with the month previous, -14.1% compared with the end of 2010), the SLI Swiss Leader Index® PR at 819.6 points (-2.0% compared with the month previous, -19.4% compared with the end of 2010), and the broader-based SPI® at 5,006.5 points (-0.8% compared with the month previous, -13.5% compared with the end of 2010).

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