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Liquidnet Sees Strong Quarterly Growth

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Liquidnet, the global institutional trading network, saw strong quarter-over-quarter growth globally. For the first quarter, U.S. average daily volume was 51M, up 25% from Q4’11.  In Europe, total principal traded was US$15.7 billion, up 43% from Q4’11.

“This was the largest quarter-over-quarter increase in the U.S. since Q1’06 and occurred while overall U.S. market volume declined 8%,” according to Brian Williamson, Senior US Equity Analyst at Liquidnet. “With lower volatility in the market, traders have been less concerned about reversion and more apt to trade larger blocks of stock. This uptrend created a perfect storm – first with those who positioned themselves well at the start of the rally on December and second with those adding to current positions such that they can take advantage of future growth in the market.”

In the Asia Pacific region, Liquidnet saw record quarter-over-quarter growth in Australian and Indonesian equities up 52% and 67% respectively. Overall principal traded in the Asia Pacific region was up 49% quarterover-quarter totaling US$4.5 billion.

“We continue to see strong growth in our liquidity and increased participation throughout the region including Australia, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Investors on our network have also benefited from the growing interest from institutional investors around the world who are clearly encouraged by signs of improved macro conditions in the region.  For Asia Pacific, this has translated into a larger liquidity pool and a higher average execution size, driven by greater conviction coupled with the search for quality liquidity,” commented Lee Porter.

Block Dominance Continues

Institutional investors on the Liquidnet network continue to access liquidity on a different scale. When these investors trade a stock in Liquidnet they continue to dominate the block volume in that name allowing them to quickly and efficiently enter or exit their positions.

On average, when Liquidnet Members traded a U.S. stock they represented 38% of the day’s market block volume in that stock during the first quarter. For small cap stocks that percentage rose to 57%. In addition, 62% of the time Liquidnet Members traded a U.S. stock during the first quarter they executed either the 1st or 2nd largest print of the day in that stock. For small cap stocks, Members executed the 1st or 2nd largest prints of the day 81% of the time.[iii]

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About Liquidnet

Liquidnet is the global institutional trading network that connects over 700 of the world’s top asset managers to large-scale equity trading opportunities across the globe — 41 markets across five continents. With an average trade size of more than 44,000 shares in the US, 68,800 in Canada, and approximately $1 million in Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific*, Liquidnet is a leader in large block trading globally. Liquidnet does this by going beyond what the retail market can provide by defending and securing the integrity and the anonymity of the block trade while continuously looking for ways to bring in new sources of safe, actionable liquidity from asset management firms, exchanges, brokers and corporations. Asset Managers rely on Liquidnet to help them protect the performance of their portfolios by allowing them to enter and exit their portfolio positions more efficiently. For more information on the Liquidnet community, its liquidity, block executions, and additional investment capabilities, visit


Melissa Kanter, Liquidnet
Global Marketing & Communications
+1 646 660 8469

Historical numbers may be subject to revision.
[ii] Consists of shares of U.S. equity securities executed in our negotiation and Liquidnet H2O® ATSs and third party execution venues.
[iii] Negotiation product.
[iv] Amounts adjusted to reflect foreign exchange rates for the same period from 2011.
*as of 1H 2012
©2012 Liquidnet Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Liquidnet, Inc. is a member of FINRA/SIPC. Liquidnet Europe Limited is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the UK, is licensed by the Financial Services Board in South Africa, and is a member of the London Stock Exchange and a remote member of the Warsaw Stock Exchange and SIX Swiss Exchange. Liquidnet Canada Inc. is a member of IIROC and a member of Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Liquidnet Asia Limited is regulated by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission as a licensed dealer and a provider of automated trading services pursuant to the Securities and Futures Ordinance and is regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore as a Recognized Market Operator. Liquidnet Japan Inc. is regulated by the Financial Services Agency of Japan and is a member of JSDA/JIPF. Liquidnet Australia Pty Ltd. is registered with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission as an Australian Financial Services Licensee, AFSL number 312525, and is registered with the New Zealand Financial Markets Authority as a Financial Service Provider, FSP number FSP3781.

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