These 3 ASX 200 shares are topping the volume charts this Monday

We take a look at the most active ASX 200 shares by volume…

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The S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is having a pretty decent start to this week’s trading on Monday. At the time of writing, the ASX 200 is up a healthy 0.42% to 7,446 points. But let’s dive a little deeper and take a look at the ASX 200 shares that are currently topping the trading volume charts so far this Monday, according to investing.com.

3 most active ASX 200 shares by volume this Monday

Whitehaven Coal Ltd (ASX: WHC)

ASX 200 coal digger Whitehaven is our first share to check out today. Whitehaven has seen a sizeable 11.19 million shares trade on the markets so far this Monday.

With no major news or announcements out of the company today, we can probably assume this high volume is the result of the share price tumble that Whitehaven has endured . Whitehaven is currently down a nasty 1.04% to $2.86 so far today, despite the advances of the broader market.

Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS)

ASX 200 telco Telstra is next up today. Telstra has seen a hefty 14.68 million of its shares swap hands thus far on Monday. We do have some news out from Telstra that might explain this move. The telco confirmed this morning that it has agreed to purchase the Pacific-based Digicel telecom company for US$1.6 billion.

The wheels of this deal were liberally greased by the federal government, which has provided some financial backing as well. Shareholders seem to have given their blessing, seeing as Tesltra is presently up a healthy 2.68% today to $3.83 a share. All of these factors are probably behind this elevated trading volume.

Aurizon Holdings Ltd (ASX: AZJ)

Our final and most traded ASX 200 share today (so far at least) is the rail freight company Aurizon, with a whopping 24.5 million shares bought and sold. Like with Whitehaven, there is not much in the way of news or announcements out of Aurizon today.

However, Aurizon shares have been sold off today as well. The company is presently down a nasty 3.15% to $3.54 a share. This may be related to the announcement the company made last week, gazetting the purchase of One Rail Australia for a cool $2.35 billion. This might be still influencing investors of Aurizon today.

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