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OCC Cleared Contract Volume Declined 6% in March, Stock Loan Activity Rose 17%

April 01, 2015
Chicago -

OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that total cleared contract volume in March was 341,593,001 contracts, representing a 6 percent decrease from the March 2014 volume of 362,379,835 contracts. OCC’s year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume is down 9 percent from 2014 with 16,500,170 contracts. Stock loan activity at OCC in March was up 17 percent from March 2014.

Options: Exchange-listed options volume reached 337,034,588 contracts in March, a 5 percent decrease from March 2014. Average daily options volume this year is down 9 percent from 2014 with 16,275,861 contracts.

Equity options volume in March reached 308,209,312 contracts, a 4 percent decrease from March 2014. Index options volume for the month was down 15 percent with 28,825,276 contracts.

Futures: OCC cleared futures volume in March was 4,558,413 contracts, a 33 percent decrease from March 2014. Year-to-date average daily cleared futures volume at OCC is down 25 percent from 2014 with 224,309 contracts.

Securities Lending: OCC's securities lending CCP activity was up 17 percent in new loans from March 2014 with 114,342 transactions last month. Year-to-date stock loan activity is up 10 percent from 2014 with 317,464 new loan transactions in 2015. The average daily loan value cleared by OCC in March was $175,202,462,719.

OCC CLEARED CONTRACT VOLUME MARCH 2015

OCC CLEARED CONTRACT VOLUME MARCH 2015

 
March 2015 Total Contract Volume
March 2014 Total Contract Volume
March Total Contract % Change vs. 2014
YTD. Avg. Daily Contract 2015
YTD. Avg. Daily Contract 2014
Avg. Daily Contract % Change vs. 2014
Equity Options
308,209,312
321,641,596
-4.18%
14,822,313
16,073,394
-7.78%
Index Options
28,825,276
33,928,803
-15.04%
1,453,547
1,800,369
-19.26%
Total Options
337,034,588
355,570,399
-5.21%
16,275,861
17,873,764
-8.94%
Total Futures
4,558,413
6,809,436
-33.06%
224,309
298,081
-24.75%
Total Volume
341,593,001
362,379,835
-5.74%
16,500,170
18,171,845
-9.20%

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