ICE Futures U.S.(TM), a leading regulated U.S. futures exchange for global agricultural, equity index and currency markets, today announced further milestones in the transition of Russell Index contracts to ICE. A daily volume record of 22,129 mini Russell 2000(R) Index futures contracts was set on Monday, September 8. Total volume for all of ICE’s Russell Index futures and options, including the Russell 1000(R) and Russell 2000(R) full size and mini contracts, reached a record 22,553.
Open interest in the mini and full-size Russell 2000 futures increased from 1,377 contracts at January 1, 2008 to 64,249 contracts as of September 8, based on mini equivalents.
Russell futures and options contracts will trade exclusively on ICE beginning September 19, 2008.
On September 8, 2008, ICE Futures U.S. also achieved record volume in its currency pair futures and options contracts. The new record of 23,974 exceeded the prior record set on June 6, 2008.
Free real-time market data for the mini Russell 2000 index futures contract is now available via the ICE website at http://www.theice.com/. Daily volume in the mini Russell 2000 futures contract is published on ICE’s homepage.