1999 Press Releases

December 7, 1999
Trading Pace Rushes Towards New Year
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 47,750,154 equity options contracts changed hands in November, surpassing the November 1998 volume by an astounding 73% (27,637,805 contracts).

November 8, 1999
Equity Options Trading Through October Surpasses Year-End 1998 Figure
With two months remaining in 1999, The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today, that a record 346,106,827 equity options contracts traded through October, surpassing 1998's year-end total of 329,641,875 cleared contracts.

October 6, 1999
Equity Options Trading Volume Surges 38%
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that equity options trading volume in September rose 38% from the same period last year, with 37,411,462 contracts changing hands. September 1998 equity volume totaled 27,195,498 contracts.

September 8, 1999
No Dog Days Of Summer For Equity Options Trading
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that equity options trading volume in August rose 25% from the same period last year, with 34,148,663 contracts changing hands. The August 1998 figure was 27,341,522.

August 6, 1999
Equity Options Trading Stays Hot in July
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 33,862,599 equity options contracts changed hands in July, eclipsing the July 1998 volume of 30,209,770 contracts by 12%.

June 7, 1999
Heavy Use Of Equity Options By Investors Produced Open Interest Record In May
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that equity options open interest - the total number of options contracts not yet exercised or allowed to expire - reached a one-day record high of 42,309,978 contracts on May 21, 1999. This exceeds the previous one-day record set in April 1999 by 1,515,316 contracts.

May 7, 1999
Equity Options Trading Volume Reaches Three Milestones In April
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that equity options trading volume last month hit a record 37,656,322 contracts, a 27 percent increase over the 29,579,385 contracts traded during April of last year. The new record exceeds the 34,804,991 contracts traded in January of 1999, the previous top mark for any month.

March 9, 1999
Equity Options Trading Continues Gains In February
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that equity options trading volume in February rose 18% from the same period last year as 26,995,448 contracts exchanged hands. The February 1998 figure was 22,927,216.

February 5, 1999
Equity Options Posted Highest Monthly Volume Ever In January
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that equity options trading soared to the highest monthly volume ever in January as 34,804,991 contracts changed hands, eclipsing the previous high of 31,125,854 set in October of 1998.

January 7, 1999
1998 Was Greatest Year Ever For Equity Options Trading
For the sixth consecutive year, investors in equity options have driven volume into record territory. The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that trading volume in 1998 at the nation's options exchanges reached 329,641,875 contracts, a 21% increase from the previous high in 1997 when 272,998,701 contracts exchanged hands.

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