June 03, 2013 12:55 ET

The Options Industry Council Announces May Options Volume Increased 2 Percent

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Jun 3, 2013) - The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 386,428,255 total options contracts traded in May, which is up 2.35 percent compared to last year when 377,539,997 contracts were traded.

Average daily volume in May came in at 17,564,921 contracts, 2.35 percent more than the 17,160,908 contracts in May of last year. Year-to-date volume stood at 1,751,155,921 contracts, just off of last year's 1,758,289,812 contracts by 0.41 percent.

Equity options volume (options on individual stocks and ETFs) came in at 351,610,399 contracts, up 1.58 percent compared to last May when 346,147,518 contracts were exchanged. Average daily volume for equity options in May came in at 15,982,291 contracts, 1.58 percent more compared to last year's 15,733,978 contracts. Year-to-date equity options volume stood at 1,588,250,220 contracts, which is 2.33 percent less than the 1,626,089,210 contracts traded at the same point 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, MIAX Options, 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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