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Options Industry Sets New Daily Volume Record With 26.7 Million Contracts Changing Hands On Wednesday, September 17

CHICAGO, September 18, 2008 - The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced that a new daily trading volume record was set on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 when 26,647,538 contracts were traded, 5.5 percent higher than the previous record of 25,264,883 contracts set on July 15, 2008.

Additionally, equity options trading hit a new daily record high with 23,577,762 contracts, a 2.8 percent increase over the previous record of 22,941,369 contracts set on July 15, 2008.

The record volume on Wednesday marks the third consecutive day to rank among the 10 highest volume trading days. Tuesday was the third highest daily volume on record at 25.1 million contracts. Monday was the eighth highest volume day at 21.9 million contracts.

About OCC

OCC, founded in 1973, is the world's largest derivatives clearing organization and was the first clearinghouse to receive a 'AAA' credit rating from Standard & Poor's Corporation. Operating under the jurisdiction of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, OCC provides clearing and settlement services for the American Stock Exchange, Boston Options Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, CBOE Futures Exchange, International Securities Exchange, NASDAQ Options Market, NASDAQ OMX PHLX, NYSE Arca, OneChicago and Philadelphia Board of Trade. More information about OCC is available through its Web site at