Traders often take advantage of quieter trading over the Christmas / New Year break to assess and improve their trading. For many, this will include thinking about their "universe" of trading instruments. Naturally, here at CMC we're also interested in the choices traders make. Each week, we run analysis to discover which markets CMC's most successful traders are focused on.

For the benefit of those re-thinking their trading plans, here is the list of trading instruments used by the most profitable CMC traders (in no particular order):

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There are approximately 116 instruments on the list of markets traded by the ten most profitable clients for the week. Most are shares, and the breakdown is revealing. There are 15 UK stocks, 25 US stocks, and one German stock (travel group TUI AG). The rest are Australian stocks:

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