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Here are the 3 most heavily traded ASX 200 shares this Wednesday

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The S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) has had a pleasing day of gains this Wednesday after the sell-offs we saw earlier this week. At market close, the ASX 200 has risen by a healthy 1.04% to finish the day at 7,053 points.

But let’s dive deeper and take a glance at the ASX 200 shares that topped the market’s trading volume charts, according to investing.com.

South32 Ltd (ASX: S32)

Resources giant South32 is first up today. This ASX 200 diversified miner has had a sizeable 28.37 million shares change hands, though there hasn’t been much in the way of news out of the company.

The company trades ex-dividend tomorrow, so that might have been what influenced trading activities today. The South32 share price has lost 1.4% on Wednesday, closing trade at $4.94 a share.

Paladin Energy Ltd (ASX: PDN)

Paladin shares are next up today. A whopping 42.85 million Paladin shares have swapped owners at the close of trade. This is almost certainly due to the monster 10.71% jump Paladin shares enjoyed today.

As my Fool colleague James covered earlier, this could be related to some love from a broker that the company has just been the recipient of. A move like that can often result in a surge in trading volume, which appears to be what we’ve witnessed today.

Nickel Mines Ltd (ASX: NIC)

Nickel Mines was Wednesday’s most traded ASX 200 share on the market. Today has seen a whopping 55.27 million Nickel Mines shares bought and sold on the markets today. That’s despite Nickel Mines being in a trading halt for most of the day today.

However, that halt was sparked by a 22.7% plunge in Nickel Mines’ share price, which was probably the source of so many shares trading hands.

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