The Options Industry Council Announces July Options Trading Volume Decreased 9 Percent

Chicago—August 2, 2010

The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that total options trading volume in July was 277,370,315 contracts, down 9.29 percent compared to July 2009 volume of 305,772,164 contracts.

Year-to-date volume stood at 2,278,247,433 contracts, up 7.41 percent over the same point last year when 2,121,088,367 contracts were traded. Average daily trading volume for 2010 is 15,712,051 contracts, up 8.15 percent compared to last year’s 14,528,002 contracts. Additionally, average daily trading volume for July was 13,208,110 contracts, 4.97 percent lower than last year when 13,898,735 contracts were traded on average each day in July.

OIC also reported that equity options volume in July came in at 257,060,882 contracts, a decrease of 10.04 percent compared to the 285,749,752 contracts traded during the same period last year. Daily equity options volume had an average of 12,240,994 contracts per day in July, which is 5.76 percent less than the same period last year when 12,988,625 contracts were traded on average each day. Year-to-date equity options stood at 2,100,073,623 contracts, representing an increase of 5.92 percent compared to the same point last year when 1,982,777,934 contracts were traded.

About OIC

OIC is an industry cooperative funded by the BATS Options, Boston Options Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, International Securities Exchange, NASDAQ OMX PHLX, NASDAQ Options Market, NYSE Amex Options, NYSE Arca Options, and The Options Clearing Corporation. OIC was formed in 1992 to educate investors and their financial advisors about the benefits and risks of exchange-traded equity options. OIC's resources include: The Options Industry Services Help Desk at 1-888-OPTIONS, educational websites at www.OptionsEducation.org, www.OptionsEducation.org/advisor and www.OptionsEducation.org/institutional, evening seminars throughout the continental United States and Canada, instructional DVDs and educational literature and software.

Press Contacts

Jim Binder
312-322-9853
jbinder@theocc.com
Angela Kotso
312-322-6267
akotso@theocc.com
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