A total of 2,947,101 transactions were conducted on SIX Swiss Exchange and Scoach Switzerland in May 2012. This represents an increase of 11.9% compared with April. All of the segments contributed to this result. As a result, May showed the highest number of trades of any month for the year to date. Trading volume increased by an aggregated 4.0% to CHF 75.5 billion.
The equities incl. funds, ETSFs and ETPs segment achieved 2,764,936 trades – 12.1% up on the previous month. Trading turnover was stable by 0.0% at CHF 52.1 billion. A total of 43,058 trades (+11.3%) were recorded in the bonds CHF segment in May. This is the only segment which, overall, has posted more trades and a higher trading turnover than in the same period of 2011. The ETFs segment grew strongly in May. Trading was up by 17.4% to 62,257 trades, and trading turnover rose by 28.8% to CHF 6.4 billion. The structured products and warrants segment reported 74,577 trades (+2.5%) and CHF 2.2 billion in trading turnover (2.0%). A total of 4,354 (+13.8%) new structured products and warrants were issued on SIX Swiss Exchange and Scoach Switzerland in May 2012. There were also 28 new bond CHF issues (-20.0%).
The major share indices trended lower in May 2012. The blue chip SMI® index closed the month at 5,850.2 points (-4.0% compared with April, -1.4% compared with the end of 2011). The SLI Swiss Leader Index® came in at 875.8 points (-5.3% compared with April, -0.1% compared with the end of 2011) and the broader-based SPI® stood at 5,456.1 points at month-end (-4.2% compared with April, +2.1% compared with the end of 2011). Meanwhile, the SBI® AAA-BBB Total Return index rose by +1.0% to 123.2 points (+2.5% compared with the end of 2011).