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OCC Cleared Contract Volume Declined 8% in April

Securities Lending Activity Up 16% in April and 12% Year-to-Date

CHICAGO (May 1, 2015) - OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that cleared contract volume in April was 331,552,965 contracts, an 8 percent decrease from the April 2014 monthly volume of 360,854,580 contracts. Average daily volume at OCC is down 9 percent in 2015 with 16,317,845 contracts. OCC's stock loan program reported strong volume numbers in April with year-to-date activity up 12 percent.

Options: Exchange-listed options volume reached 327,599,831 contracts in April, an 8 percent decrease from April 2014. Year-to-date average daily options volume is down 9 percent from 2014 with 16,102,772 contracts.

Equity options volume last month was 300,338,480 contracts, a 7 percent decrease from April 2014. Index options volume in April was down 14 percent with 27,261,351 contracts.

Futures: Cleared futures volume at OCC in April was 3,953,134 contracts, a 22 percent decrease from April 2014. OCC's year-to-date average daily cleared futures volume is down 24 percent with 215,073 contracts.

Securities Lending: OCC's securities lending CCP activity in April 2015 was up 16 percent in new loans from April 2014 with 112,978 transactions last month. Year-to-date stock loan activity is up 12 percent from 2014 with 430,442 new loan transactions in 2015. The average daily loan value cleared by OCC in April was $186,497,073,123.

OCC CLEARED CONTRACT VOLUME APRIL 2015

 
April 2015 Total Contract Volume
April 2014 Total Contract Volume
April Total Contract % Change vs. 2014
YTD. Avg. Daily Contract 2015
YTD. Avg. Daily Contract 2014
Avg. Daily Contract % Change vs. 2014
Equity Options
300,338,480
324,070,049
-7.32%
14,689,019
15,909,111
-7.67%
Index Options
27,261,351
31,732,951
-14.09%
1,413,753
1,726,286
-18.10%
Total Options
327,599,831
355,803,000
-7.93%
16,102,772
17,635,397
-8.69%
Total Futures
3,953,134
5,051,580
-21.74%
215,073
283,348
-24.10%
Total Volume
331,552,965
360,854,580
-8.12%
16,317,845
17,918,745
-8.93%

About OCC

OCC is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC operates under the jurisdiction of both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Registered Clearing Agency and the U.S. 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.