The FINANCIAL -- NYSE
Euronext’s Global Index Group announced the
2012 performance of its benchmark indices.
All NYSE Euronext’s blue-chip indices were up in 2012. The NYSE US 100 Index gained 11.22%. Among the European blue-chip indices the Belgian BEL 20 Index gained the most with 18.83%, followed by the French CAC 40 with 15.23% and the Dutch AEX-Index with 9.68%. The Portuguese PSI 20 finished the year off strong with a monthly performance of 7.59% to reach a positive Year to Date (YTD) performance of 2.93%.
The biotechnology sector was one of the top performing sectors in 2012 with the Pan-European Next Biotech Index gaining 67.49% and the NYSE Arca Biotechnology index performing 41.74%.
The NYSE MKT Composite Index gained 3.39% while the NYSE Composite Index gained 12.93%. The NYSE Treasury, NYSE Treasury Future and NYSE Treasury Bond indices all showed a positive performance in 2012, with the NYSE Current 5 Year US Treasury IndexTM (4.06%) and the NYSE 7-10 Year Treasury Bond IndexTM (3.98%) gaining the most.
Gold stocks had another tough year with all three gold indices declining: the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index declined 9.85%, the NYSE Arca Gold BUGS Index declined 10.93% and the NYSE Arca Junior Gold BUGS Index declined 23.41%.
All Intellidex Indices had a positive return in 2012, with the Dynamic Building & Construction Intellidex being the absolute top performer with a 46.18% increase, followed by the Dynamic Basic Material Sector Intellidex with an increase of 26.84% and the Dynamic Media Intellidex with an increase of 26.57%. The StrataQuant Indices also all show a yearly positive return with the following two indices with a performance above 20%: the StrataQuant Materials Index and the StrataQuant Health Care Index.In 2012, NYSE Euronext Indices launched 53 new indices and 17 new net/gross return indices. The new indices include the CAC 40 X10 Leverage NR and CAC 40 X10 Short GR launched in February. Certificates linked to these indices are in the top 3 of most traded certificates on the European NYSE Euronext Market. In the same month 5 Leverage (X3,X4,X5,X6,X7) and 5 Short Indices (-X3,-X4,-X5,-X6,-X7) on the AEX-Index where launched and also 3 Leverage (X3,X4,X5) and 3 Short (-X3,-X4,-X5) on the AMX-Index, the Amsterdam Midcap Index.
In May the NYSE Century IndexSM was launched. The NYSE Century Index is designed to measure the performance of U.S. domiciled companies with a 100 year history that have been publicly traded for at least 10 years and have a market capitalization of at least $1 billion. Using a set of criteria that assesses a company's size and financial performance over a 10-year period, the index provides exposure to a diverse group of companies from nine major sectors.
In October, NYSE Euronext in partnership with Finvex Group launched two new low risk Index series: The CAC Low Risk Index and the AEX Low Risk Index. As NYSE Euronext said, these indices provide risk adjusted exposure to their respective markets. Low risk indices target superior returns at lower risk among others due to the compounding effect of stability over traditional market capitalization weighted indices. Complementing traditional equity exposure with risk efficient equity exposure generally offers superior results in an asset allocation framework. The CAC Low Risk and AEX Low Risk had a performance in 2012 of 15.02% and 9.04% respectively.
The number of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) linked to the NYSE Euronext Indices on NYSE Euronext exchanges increased by 2% in 2012. The biggest increase was for products linked to the CAC 40 and BEL 20.
The Assets Under Management (AUM) of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) on the NYSE Euronext European Indices increased by 2.5% in 2012. The AUM increase was mainly due to the AUM increase in ETFs linked to the CAC 40. The AUM in ETFs linked to the PSI 20 gained the most in percentage with an increase of 82% to € 30 million. The AUM of ETPs on the NYSE Euronext US Indices increased by 12.7%. This growth was mainly due to the ETF on the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index that had a net inflow of more than $1.5 billion.
In 2012 option and future contracts were launched on the AMX.
Third-party index calculation service launched over 25 new indices and over 50 intraday-indicative values (IIVs) were launched.