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OCC Announces Cleared Contract Volume Declined 13% in February

CHICAGO (March 2, 2015) - OCC announced today that total cleared contract volume in February was 306,531,839 contracts, a 13 percent decrease from the February 2014 volume of 350,507,077 contracts. OCC's year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume is down 9 percent from 2014 with 17,049,163 contracts.

Options: Exchange-listed options volume reached 302,527,974 contracts in February, a 12 percent decrease from February 2014. Equity options volume for the month was 275,262,981 contracts, a 10 percent decrease from February 2014. Average daily options volume this year is down 8 percent from 2014 with 16,815,203 contracts.

Futures: OCC cleared futures volume in February was 4,003,865 contracts, a 28 percent decrease from February 2014. Equity futures volume at OCC last month was 837,327 contracts, up 14 percent from February 2014. OCC's year-to-date average daily cleared futures volume is down 18 percent from 2014 with 233,960 contracts.

Securities Lending: OCC's securities lending CCP activity was down 9 percent in new loans from February 2014 with 97,356 transactions last month. Year-to-date stock loan activity is up 4 percent from 2014 with 203,122 new loan transactions in 2015. The average daily loan value cleared by OCC in February was $165,142,278,709.

 
Feb 2015 Total Contract Volume
Feb 2014 Total Contract Volume
Feb Total Contract % Change vs. 2014
YTD. Avg. Daily Contract 2015
YTD. Avg. Daily Contract 2014
Avg. Daily Contract % Change vs. 2014
Equity Options
275,262,981
307,184,466
-10.39%
15,280,815
16,470,886
-7.23%
Index Options
27,264,993
37,723,568
-27.72%
1,534,387
1,897,343
-19.13%
Total Options
302,527,974
344,908,034
-12.29%
16,815,203
18,368,229
-8.45%
Equity Futures
837,327
735,214
13.89%
35,494
33,721
5.26%
Index / Other Futures
3,166,538
4,863,829
-34.90%
198,466
250,617
-20.81%
Total Futures
4,003,865
5,599,043
-28.49%
233,960
284,338
-17.72%
Total Volume
306,531,839
350,507,077
-12.55%
17,049,163
18,652,567
-8.60%

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 16 exchanges and trading platforms for options, financial futures, security futures and securities lending transactions. More information about OCC is available at www.theocc.com.