Industry-wide options volume surges

CHICAGO - July 1, 2011 - The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 372,928,893 total options contracts changed hands in June, representing a 20.59 percent increase over June 2010 when 309,262,866 contracts were traded.

Additionally, year-to-date volume for June stood at 2,217,548,977 contracts compared to 2,000,877,118 contracts traded during the first six months of last year and representing a 10.83 percent increase. June’s average daily volume for the month came in at 16,951,314 contracts, 20.59 percent more than the 14,057,403 contracts traded during June 2010. Year-to-date average daily volume was 17,740,392 contracts, up 9.94 percent over 16,136,106 contracts in June of last year.

Equity options volume experienced an increase of 20.06 percent with 342,530,588 contracts exchanged in June compared to 285,302,265 contracts for the same year ago period. Year-to-date equity options volume for June stood at 2,065,770,914 contracts compared to the same point last year when 1,843,012,741 contracts were traded, representing a 12.09 percent increase. Equity options volume on average each day in June was 15,569,572 contracts, up 20.06 percent compared to 12,968,285 contracts for the same month last year.

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