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MIFID II: ESMA ISSUES LATEST DOUBLE VOLUME CAP DATA

07 June 2018

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has updated today its public register with the latest set of double volume cap (DVC) data under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II).  

Today‚Äôs updates include DVC data and calculations for the period of 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018 as well as updates to already published DVC periods. 

The number of new breaches is 52 equities for the 8% cap, applicable to all trading venues, and 7 equities for the 4% cap, that applies to individual trading venues. Trading under the waivers for all new instruments in breach of the DVC thresholds should be suspended from 12 June 2018 to 12 December 2018. The instruments for which caps already existed from previous periods will continue to be suspended.

In addition, ESMA highlights that some trading venues in the meantime have submitted corrected data that affects past DVC publications. For a limited number of two instruments, this means that previously identified breaches of the 8% and 4% caps prove to be incorrect. For these instruments, the suspensions of trading under the waivers should be lifted.

As of 7 June, there is a total of 932 instruments suspended.

Background

MiFID II introduced the DVC to limit the amount of dark trading in equities allowed under the reference price waiver and the negotiated transaction waiver. The DVC is calculated per instrument (ISIN) based on the rolling average of trading in that instrument over the last 12 months.