Strong demand for Irish shares during 2014.
The very strong demand for Irish shares that has been evident during 2014 continued into Q4, according to new statistics published today by the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE).
Over 1.1m equity trades were recorded during the quarter, bringing the total for 2014 to 4.5m – an increase of 30% on 2014 and a new record high.
The statistics published today also show that over €300m was raised by ISE listed companies in Q4, bringing the total for the year to €1.3bn.
- Very strong demand for Irish shares continues into Q4
- Volume of equity trades reaches a record high in 2014
- ISE debt listings reach major milestone during Q4
- €300m raised by ISE listed companies during Q4 – bringing total for 2014 to €1.3bn
The total value of equity trades in 2014 was €63.5bn, an increase of 10% on the €57.6bn recorded in the same period in 2013. The total value of equity trades in Q4 was €14bn.
The average daily turnover for equities stood at €250m per day in 2014 – up 10% on 2013.
The statistics also show that the ISE reached a major milestone during Q4 with more than 25,000 debt tranches listed at the end of the quarter. This represents an increase of 15% on the end of 2013.
The ISE now counts more than 32,000 securities listings from more than 4,500 issuers located in 85 countries across the globe including Europe, the USA, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
Additional listing activity was evident across all debt product types in Q4, with the ISE attracting debt listings from issuers such as Fannie Mae (US), Sky plc (UK), Saxo Bank (Denmark) and Fosun International (the largest privately owned conglomerate in mainland China).
The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia became the latest African country to list its sovereign debt on the ISE during Q4. Other African nations to have securities admitted to the ISE’s debt markets include Kenya, Senegal, Rwanda, Ghana, and Egypt.
The quarter also saw Wisdomtree, one of the largest exchange-traded product (ETP) providers in the world, list its first UCITS exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in Europe on the Irish Stock Exchange. The four ETFs, which have their primary listing on the ISE’s Main Securities Market, provide exposure to large and small-cap European and US equities and focus on dividend-weighted indices.
The total number of funds listed on the ISE fell from 697 to 676 during Q4, while the number of subfunds increased from 1,499 to 1,509.
The ISEQ Overall Index increased by 7.2% during Q4, bringing the total gain for 2014 to 15.1%.
The ISEQ’s 7.2% increase during Q4 compares with decreases of 0.9% in the FTSE 100 and 3.2% in the CAC 40; and an increase of 3.5% in the DAX.
The Q4 statistics are available at www.ise.ie.
Issued on behalf of the Irish Stock Exchange by Gordon MRM
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