SOURCE: Options Industry Council

Options Industry Council

February 01, 2011 11:15 ET

The Options Industry Council Announces January Options Trading Volume Increased 21.5%

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) - The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 378,480,506 total options contracts changed hands in January, a 21.48 percent increase from the 311,561,541 contracts traded in January 2010.

January's trading volume was the second highest monthly total ever recorded, following only May 2010 when nearly 406 million changed hands. Average daily trading volume for January was 18,942,025 contracts, up 15.4 percent from the 16,397,976 contracts in January 2010.

Equity options volume (options on individual stocks and ETFs) in January saw 354,795,514 contracts change hands, 22.8 percent more than in January 2010 when 288,939,483 contracts were traded. On average, 17,739,776 contracts were traded each day throughout January compared to January of last year when an average of 15,207,341 contracts were traded daily, representing a 16.7 percent increase.

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 www.OptionsEducation.org, www.OptionsEducation.org/advisor and www.OptionsEducation.org/institutional, live seminars throughout the continental United States and Canada, instructional DVDs and educational literature.

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