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NYSE Liffe Commodities Trading Climbed in September on Wheat

Commodities daily trading on NYSE Euronext rose 2.8 percent in September on increased buying and selling of milling wheat futures.

An average 93,949 commodity contracts were bought and sold every trading day on NYSE Liffe in Europe last month, up from 91,360 a day in the year-earlier month, an online report published by the exchange today showed. Daily trading rose from 88,893 contracts in August.

NYSE Euronext’s derivatives exchanges in Paris and London handled 1.88 million commodity futures and options last month, from 2.01 million a year earlier, the data showed. September this year had two fewer trading days.

Milling wheat was the most actively traded commodity on NYSE Liffe for a sixth month with 704,115 futures contracts bought and sold, compared with 561,542 in September 2011. Cocoa-futures trading fell to 312,832 contracts from 458,171.

The most-active milling wheat contract in the French capital has jumped 42 percent in the past 12 months on concern drought in the U.S., southern Europe and Russia will curb grain supplies. Trading in milling wheat futures reached a record in July, with 950,882 contracts bought and sold.

The number of milling-wheat futures contracts outstanding at the end of September, or open interest, rose to a record 421,028 from 396,389 a month earlier. Cocoa open interest declined to 198,188 contracts at the end of last month after rising to 205,067 contracts at the end of August from 197,387 at the end of July.

The value of trading in Paris milling-wheat futures rose to 9.18 billion euros ($11.8 billion) last month from 8.27 billion euros in August and compared with 5.52 billion euros in September 2011. Cocoa-futures trading value declined to 6.49 billion euros from 9.6 billion euros a year earlier.

Total value of futures trading in so-called soft commodities that include cocoa and sugar fell to 13.1 billion euros from 17.5 billion euros a year earlier, while the value of trades in agricultural futures including wheat increased to 13.9 billion euros from 10.8 billion euros.

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