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OCC Announces Total Contract Volume in July Increased 26%

CHICAGO (August 1, 2011) OCC announced today that it cleared a total of 351,117,113 contracts in July. This represents a 26 percent increase over the July 2010 volume of 279,245,228 contracts. OCC year-to-date total volume is up 13 percent from 2010 with 2,589,510,083 contracts in 2011.

Options: Exchange-listed options trading in the U.S. for the month of July was up 26 percent from the previous year. Index options trading increased 35 percent over the previous July with 27,430,530 contracts. Equity options trading volume rose 25 percent compared to the same month last year with 320,787,641 contracts in July. Year-to-date average daily volume for exchange-listed options was up 13 percent compared to the same period last year with 17,694,946 contracts.

Futures: Futures cleared by OCC reached 2,898,942 contracts in July, up 55 percent from July 2010. Index and other futures volume reached 2,781,758 contracts in July, a 118 percent increase over the same month last year when 1,274,969 contracts were traded. OCC year-to-date futures volume is up 56 percent with 23,742,935 cleared contracts in 2011.

Securities Lending: OCC's stock loan program, including OTC and AQS, saw a 24 percent increase in new loan activity over July 2010 with 67,641 new loan transactions in July. Year-to-date securities lending activity is up 37 percent from 2010 with 466,787 new loan transactions in 2011. OCC's stock loan program had an average daily notional value of $13,171,212,349.

  July 2011 Total Contract Volume July 2010 Total Contract Volume July Total Contract % Change vs. 2010 YTD. Avg. Daily Contract 2011 YTD. Avg. Daily Contract 2010 Avg. Daily Contract % Change vs. 2010
Equity Options 320,787,641 257,060,882 25% 16,459,025 14,483,266 14%
Index Options 27,430,530 20,309,433 35% 1,235,921 1,228,785 1%
Total Options 348,218,171 277,370,315 26% 17,694,946 15,712,051 13%
Equity Futures 115,974 599,564 -81% 13,297 22,009 -40%
Index / Other Futures 2,781,758 1,274,969 118% 150,426 82,844 82%
OOF 1210 380 218% 22 23 -4%
Total Futures 2,898,942 1,874,913 55% 163,744 104,876 56%
Total Volume 351,117,113 279,245,228 26% 17,858,690 15,816,927 13%

About OCC

OCC is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC operates under the jurisdiction of both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Registered Clearing Agency and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a Derivatives Clearing Organization. OCC now provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 15 exchanges and trading platforms for options, financial and commodity futures, security futures and securities lending transactions. In 1993, OCC became the first clearinghouse to receive a 'AAA' credit rating from Standard & Poor's Corporation, and has continued to receive that high rating every year as a result of its risk management standards. More information about OCC is available at