ICEX turnover jumps 5-fold in six months to ₹5,332 crore

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on March 13, 2019 Published on March 12, 2019

Turnover of diamond futures contract on the exchange surges over 14 times to ₹4,531 cr

The Anil Ambani-controlled Indian Commodity Exchange has recorded a five-fold increase in turnover to ₹5,332 crore in the last six months, largely due to robust trading in diamond contracts.

The largest commodity exchange in diamond futures trading has seen a steady increase in turnover from ₹1,090 crore logged last September to a high of ₹5,332 crore in February.

Nearly 85 per cent of the turnover generated in February was attributed to trading in diamond futures contracts, which were launched on the platform in August 2017. Traded only on ICEX, the diamond contract provides a hedging tool for exporters.

Turnover of the diamond futures contract on the exchange increased over 14 times in the last six months to ₹4,531.50 crore in February from about ₹318 crore.

Diamond exports rebound

Though exports of cut and polished diamonds from India suffered due to various issues in the industry, they have picked up pace in the last few months, rising 10 per cent to ₹1.37 lakh crore ($19 billion) in the first 10 months of this fiscal year.

Sanjit Prasad, CEO, ICEX, said several factors, including price volatility, launch of new commodities for trading and change in contract design in the flagship diamond contract contributed to the increase in turnover.

Last month was a record-breaking month for ICEX in terms of daily turnover till date, he added.

Daily turnover on the exchange hit a lifetime high of ₹418 crore on February 27.

The exchange recorded an average daily volume of ₹267 crore in February, five times higher than the ₹55 crore logged last September.

The exchange has handled diamond delivery of 980.45 carats since November 2017, of which 127.67 carats was delivered in March.

Published on March 12, 2019
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