July 02, 2012 12:51 ET

The Options Industry Council Announces June Options Trading Volume Decreased 13%

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Jul 2, 2012) - The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 325,813,094 total options contracts were traded in June, 12.63 percent less than the 372,928,893 contracts traded in June 2011.

Average daily trading volume for June was 15,514,909 contracts, 8.47 percent less than the 16,951,314 contracts in the same period last year. Trading volume for the first half of 2012 stood at 2,084,102,906 contracts, which is 6.02 percent lower than the 2,217,548,977 contracts traded throughout the first half of last year.

Equity options volume (options on individual stocks and ETFs) for June came in at 297,841,102 contracts, down 13.05 percent compared to June of last year when 342,530,588 contracts were traded. On average, 14,182,910 contracts changed hands each day in June, which is 8.91 percent less than the daily average of 15,569,572 contracts from June 2011. Equity options traded in the first six months of the year stood at 1,923,930,312 contracts, down 6.87 percent compared to the 2,065,770,914 contracts traded in 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, its educational website at, live seminars throughout the continental United States and Canada, and educational literature.

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