Industry options volume leaps 25% year-over-year

CHICAGO - August 1, 2011 - The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that total options trading volume for July was 348,218,171 contracts, up 25.54 percent from July 2010 volume of 277,370,315 contracts.

Average daily trading volume in July was 17,410,909 contracts, 31.82 percent higher than average daily volume in July 2010. Furthermore, year-to-date volume stood at 2,565,767,148 contracts at the end of July, 12.62 percent higher than the same point last year when 2,278,247,433 contracts were traded. Average daily trading volume for 2011 was 17,694,946 contracts, up 12.62 percent over the 15,712,051 contracts traded in the same period last year.

OIC also reported that equity options volume (options on individual stocks and ETFs) in July came in at 320,787,641 contracts, up 24.80 percent compared to the same period last year. Daily equity options volume had an average of 16,039,382 contracts per day in July, which is 31.03 percent higher than the year-ago level of 12,240,994. Year-to-date equity options volume was 2,386,558,555 contracts, which is 13.64 percent higher than the same point last year when 2,100,073,623 contracts were traded.

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