Cash equities trading in the US and Europe remained robust in April, continuing a strong start to the year. European trading volumes increased on aggregate by 18% during April compared with a year earlier, according to an analysis by UBS cited by Financial News. April volumes decreased 5% from March’s levels, but remained significantly higher than year-ago figures.
US equity volumes told a similar story. Combined cash volumes for NYSE, Nasdaq and regional exchanges remained at higher levels than the third and fourth quarters of last year, but eased slightly in April from the first quarter.
US cash equities volumes dropped 3.7% from March and were off 1.2% from the previous April.
The April volumes come after the biggest first quarter for European equities volumes since 2011, with shares worth over €2.5 trillion traded across European markets.
The first quarter was also positive for US cash equities volume which was up 10.8% relative to the first quarter of 2013 and up 1.4% from the fourth quarter of 2013.