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The Options Industry Council Announces April Options Trading Increased 22.3% Over April 2005

Chicago—May 1, 2006

The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that April options trading volume totaled 151,842,863, up 22.3 percent over April 2005, when 124,206,018 contracts changed hands.

The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) reported that year-to-date total options volume stands at 637,190,962, an increase of 35 percent over the same point last year.

Equity options volume for the month reached 139,682,731, 24.5 percent higher than April 2005. Year-to-date equity options volume was 586,189,446, up 36.1 percent over the same point last year.

Additional volume statistics reported by OCC include:

  • Average daily equity options volume 7,351,723 (up 37.6 percent over April 2005 figure of 5,342,723 )
  • Average daily total options volume 7,991,734 (up 35.1 percent over April 2005 figure of 5,914,573)

April Highlights

Equity options volume reached 11,079,454 contracts traded on April 21, becoming the third highest equity options trading day on record.

Total options volume reached 12,421,580 contracts traded on April 21, becoming the third highest trading day on record.

About OIC

OIC is a non-profit association funded by the American Stock Exchange, Boston Options Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, International Securities Exchange, NYSE Arca, Philadelphia Stock Exchange and The Options Clearing Corporation. OIC's resources include: The Options Industry Services call center at 1-888-OPTIONS, an educational Web site at www.888options.com, evening seminars throughout the continental United States and Canada, instructional videos and educational literature and software.

Press Contacts:

Jim Binder
312-322-9853
jbinder@theocc.com
Erin Green
312-322-6267
egreen@theocc.com
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