TOCOM October Volume Up 21.3%
TOCOM Gold prices remained volatile throughout the month. A four month low of 4,176 yen per gram was reached on October 6 on improving U.S. economic indicators and expectations for higher interest rates. Prices fluctuated following a rise in U.S. stock prices and growing demand for physical gold, as well as the buying of gold as safe-haven asset in a slowing economy.
Crude Oil prices dropped to a nearly 2 year low of 54,750 yen per kiloliter on October 17 as production expanded and concerns grew of lower demand in Europe and China. Prices bounced back when expectations for demand stabilized, U.S. equities rose and the Yen weakened. Open interest at the end of October 2014 for all listed products totaled 341,340 contracts, a decrease of 37,285 (-9.85%) from the end of September.