March 01, 2012 12:17 ET

The Options Industry Council Announces February Options Trading Volume Off 1%

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Mar 1, 2012) - The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 349,463,168 total options contracts changed hands in February, 1.34 percent less than the 354,214,236 contracts traded in February 2011.

Average daily trading volume in February was 17,473,158 contracts, 6.27 percent lower than the 18,642,854 contracts in the same year ago period. Year-to-date volume for February stood at 684,863,167 contracts, which is 6.53 percent lower than the 732,694,742 contracts traded at the same point last year.

Equity options volume (options on individual stocks and ETFs) for February came in at 323,293,320 contracts, down 2.61 percent compared to February of last year when 331,962,409 contracts were exchanged. On average, 16,164,666 contracts changed hands each day in February, which is 7.48 percent lower than the daily average from the previous February of 17,471,706 contracts. Equity options year-to-date volume came in at 636,656,337 contracts, down 7.3 percent compared to the 686,757,923 contracts traded throughout the same period last year.

About OIC
OIC is an industry cooperative funded by BATS Options, BOX Options Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, C2 Options Exchange, International Securities Exchange, NASDAQ OMX PHLX, NASDAQ Options Market, NYSE Amex Options, NYSE Arca Options and OCC. 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: Investor Services live help at 1-888-OPTIONS, educational websites at, and, live seminars throughout the continental United States and Canada, instructional DVDs and educational literature.

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