March 01, 2011 12:55 ET

The Options Industry Council Announces February Options Trading Volume up 35%

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 354,214,236 total options contracts changed hands in February, 34.97 percent more than the 262,434,225 contracts traded in February 2010.

Average daily trading volume in February was 18,642,854 contracts, 34.97 percent higher than the 13,812,328 contracts in the same year ago period. Year-to-date volume for February stood at 732,694,742 contracts, which is 27.65 percent more than 573,995,766 contracts at the same point last year.

Equity options volume (options on individual stocks and ETFs) for February came in at 331,962,409 contracts, up 38.36 percent compared to February of last year when 239,922,344 contracts were traded. On average, 17,471,706 contracts were exchanged each day during February, which is 38.36 percent higher than in February 2010 when 12,627,492 contracts changed hands daily. Equity options year-to-date volume came in at 686,757,923 contracts, up 29.86 percent over the 528,861,827 contracts traded throughout the same period last year.

About OIC
OIC is an industry cooperative funded by 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, and, live seminars throughout the continental United States and Canada, instructional DVDs and educational literature.

Contact Information