The volume of stocks traded in Tokyo declined during the month of April 2014. Average daily trading volumes for the first section of the Tokyo Exchange in April 2014 were JPY 1.9975 trillion. In aggregate, volumes fell by 8.5% month-to-month and by 11% in terms of value.
Compared to April 2013, Tokyo exchange volumes fell by 54% and values were down by 42%.
Second section volumes and values declined month-on-month by 19% and 41% respectively. A brighter spot was the Mothers section for high growth start-up companies, where volumes are up 165% from April 2013 to April 2014. Compared to March 2014, volumes in that section are up 5%.
Trading values for the exchange-traded fund market in April 2014 was JPY 2.15 trillion, which exceeded JPY 2 trillion for the sixth consecutive month.
The cash equity market in Japan is operated by the Tokyo Stock Exchange, whereas the derivatives market is operated by the Osaka Stock Exchange.
Total trading volume for the Japan Exchange derivatives market in April 2014 was 20.7 million contracts. The benchmark Nikkei 225 Futures contract fell in both volume and value traded by approximately 43% month-on-month and declined by half from 2013 levels.
Trading volumes of mini-TOPIX Futures and Nikkei 225 VI futures were 373,544 and 7,056 contracts respectively, the third highest on record.