Liquidnet, the institutional trading network, recently conducted a report titled Liquidity Landscape which analyses overall market volumes across different types of trading, see here the full report:
Key findings include:
- Lit volumes remain strong due to the need for certainty of execution, with the percentage traded in auctions in decline, highlighting an increase in continuous lit trading most likely due to a rise in algo trading.
- Although overall dark volumes peaked at over 10% of market activity in January this year, dark trading as a percentage of overall activity has fallen back to between 8-9% with minimal change week on week from 8.6% to 8.7% despite the recent jump in volumes.
- Average block execution sizes remain in decline, with the average market LIS execution size now at €807,764 vs. an average LIS execution size in Liquidnet of €1,271,896.