NYSE Euronext said average daily volume in dervivatives contracts were down 6.2% worldwide in December 2010, compared to the prior year.

The drop to 6.7 million contracts traded per day "was driven primarily by a 17.7% decrease in European derivatives, partially offset by an 8.7% increase in U.S. equity options,'' the exchange operator said.

Volume of trading in European stocks increased 12.9%. Trading in U.S. stocks dropped 13.5%, compared to December 2009.

Other statistics:

  • Derivatives: The 6.7 million contracts a day in December decreased 19.1% from November 2010 levels.
  • European fixed income product: Average daily volume in December 2010 of 1.5 million contracts decreased 19.1% compared to December 2009 and decreased 26.6% from November 2010.
  • Equities: Average daily volume of 1.8 million contracts in December 2010 decreased 17.8% compared to December 2009 and decreased 23.2% from November 2010.
  • Commodities: Average daily volume of 64,000 contracts in December 2010 increased 41.4% compared to December 2009.
  • U.S. equity options: Average daily volume on NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex of 3.4 million contracts in December 2010 increased 8.7% compared to December 2009 levels, but decreased 13.0 perent from November 2010.
  • European stocks: Average daily volume of 1.2 million transactions in December 2010 increased 12.9% compared to December 2009, but decreased 20.3% from November 2010.
  • U.S. stocks: Average daily volume of 2.0 billion shares in December 2010 decreased 13.5% compared to December 2009 and decreased 14.2% compared to November 2010.

NYSE Euronext’s Tape A matched market share in December 2010 was 35.0%, down from 36.5% in December 2009 and down from 36.1% in November 2010.