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OCC Announces Total Cleared Volume Rose 30 Percent in September

CHICAGO (October 3, 2011) OCC announced today that total cleared contract volume reached 394,148,808 contracts in September, representing a 30 percent increase over the September 2010 volume of 303,851,940 contracts. The strong September trading volume keeps OCC on pace to clear a record number of contracts in 2011.

Options: Exchange-listed options trading increased 30 percent over September 2010 and included the ninth and tenth highest trading volume days on record. Total options volume year-to-date through September was 3,507,063,494 contracts, nearly 23 percent higher than at the same point last year.

Futures: Futures cleared by OCC reached 2,901,869 contracts in September, up 63 percent from September 2010. Year-to-date OCC has cleared 31,437,860 contracts, already 18 percent higher than the total number of futures contracts cleared in 2010.

Securities Lending: OCC's stock loan program, including OTC and AQS, saw new loan activity fall 1 percent compared to September 2010 with 58,614 new loan transactions last month. Year-to-date securities lending activity is up 47 percent from 2010 with 586,725 new loan transactions in 2011. OCC's stock loan program had an average daily notional value of $15,535,931,414.

  September 2011 Total Contract Volume September 2010 Total Contract Volume September Total Contract % Change vs. 2010 YTD. Avg. Daily Contract 2011 YTD. Avg. Daily Contract 2010 Avg. Daily Contract % Change vs. 2010
Equity Options 359,818,479 279,696,406 29% 17,186,904 14,053,213 22%
Index Options 31,428,460 22,378,787 40% 1,368,988 1,179,817 16%
Total Options 391,246,939 302,075,193 30% 18,555,891 15,233,030 22%
Equity Futures 182,157 359,068 -49% 13,849 21,050 -34%
Index / Other Futures 2,718,450 1,417,251 92% 152,457 77,997 96%
OOF 1,262 428 195% 31 22 41%
Total Futures 2,901,869 1,776,747 63% 166,338 99,069 68%
Total Volume 394,148,808 303,851,940 30% 18,722,229 15,332,099 22%

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. More information about OCC is available at www.theocc.com.