London — Thermal coal derivatives traded in February fell 38.5% on the year to 103.08 million mt, marking the third straight month of year-on-year decreases, data from ICE Futures Europe and electronic trading platform globalCOAL showed Thursday.
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This volume was almost entirely futures, with options making up just 2%, the data showed. This was more than double January's total of traded options but still 91% lower on the year.
ICE Rotterdam derivatives accounted for 85.4% of all traded contracts at 88.06 million mt, down 4.3% on the month and 39.1% on the year.
ICE Richards Bay derivatives totaled 3.67 million mt, up 13% on the month but down 49% on the year. No Richards Bay options were traded February, with the last having traded in January, 2018.
globalCOAL's Newcastle derivatives contracts in January were 11.36 million mt, down 32.1% on the month and 28.3% on the year.
Calendar year contracts were the most commonly traded in February on 55.72 million mt, followed by quarterly contracts on 33.63 million mt and monthly contracts on 11.85 million mt, the data showed.
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