August 01, 2011 12:43 ET

The Options Industry Council Announces Options Trading Volume Increased 26% in July

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Aug 1, 2011) - The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that total options trading volume for July was 348,218,171 contracts, up 25.54 percent from July 2010 volume of 277,370,315 contracts.

Average daily trading volume in July was 17,410,909 contracts, 31.82 percent higher than average daily volume in July 2010. Furthermore, year-to-date volume stood at 2,565,767,148 contracts at the end of July, 12.62 percent higher than the same point last year when 2,278,247,433 contracts were traded. Average daily trading volume for 2011 was 17,694,946 contracts, up 12.62 percent over the 15,712,051 contracts traded in the same period last year.

OIC also reported that equity options volume (options on individual stocks and ETFs) in July came in at 320,787,641 contracts, up 24.80 percent compared to the same period last year. Daily equity options volume had an average of 16,039,382 contracts per day in July, which is 31.03 percent higher than the year-ago level of 12,240,994. Year-to-date equity options volume was 2,386,558,555 contracts, which is 13.64 percent higher than the same point last year when 2,100,073,623 contracts were traded.

About OIC
OIC is an industry cooperative funded by BATS Options, Boston Options Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, C2, 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: 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.

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