Trading volume on SIX Swiss Exchange and Scoach Switzerland came to CHF 72.6 billion in April 2012 – 14.2% lower than the previous month. The number of trades fell by 9.3% to 2,633,386. The main reason for the month-on-month decline is that there were only 19 trading days during April, compared with 22 in March.
The Equities incl. Funds, ETSFs and ETPs segment recorded CHF 52.1 billion in trading for the month, down 12.2% from its March figure. The number of trades sank by 8.2% to 2,467,112. Volume in the ETF segment dropped by 28.0% to CHF 5.0 million, with a 31.9% reduction in transaction numbers to 53,016. Structured products and warrants posted a turnover of CHF 2.1 billion (-33.8%), while the number of trades contracted by 16.9% to 72,740.
A total of 3,827 new structured products (-7.6% compared with March ) and 35 new CHF bonds (-5.4% month on month) were listed for the first time during April. The month also saw a new company listed on SIX Swiss Exchange – Swiss Finance & Property Investment Ltd (SFPN).
The major share indices closed April 2012 down. The blue chip index SMI® came in at 6,096.3 points (-2.2% compared with the month previous, +2.7% compared with the end of 2011). The SLI Swiss Leader Index® stood at 924.8 points at month-end (-3.1% compared with the month previous, +5.5% compared with the end of 2011), and the broader-based SPI® reported 5,697.4 points (-0.3% compared with the month previous, +6.6% compared with the end of 2011). Meanwhile, the SBI® AAA-BBB Total Return index continued its modest upward trend to close at 122.1 points (0.3% compared with the month previous, +1.5% compared with the end of 2011).
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