LONDON, March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
IntercontinentalExchange, a leading operator of global regulated futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, announced new daily volume records for the ICE Gasoil and ECX EUA futures contracts. On 16 March, 523,053 Gasoil futures traded on ICE Futures Europe, crossing the 500,000 contracts mark for the first time, and surpassing by more than 17% the previous record of 445,325 contracts traded on 24 February 2011.
Also on 16 March, a record 52,645 ECX EUA contracts traded on the exchange. The previous record of 51,638 contracts was established on 15 March.
The ICE Gasoil futures contract is the world's largest refined petroleum product futures contract. Introduced in 1981, the ICE Gasoil futures contract has become the underlying pricing reference for refined products around the world. The ICE ECX EUA futures contract is the benchmark for emissions pricing in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
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