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OCC Announces Cleared Contract Volume Increased 10 Percent in February

Securities Lending Activity Up 10 Percent in February and 41 Percent Year-to-Date

CHICAGO (March 1, 2016) – OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that total cleared contract volume in February was 338,300,969 contracts, up 10 percent from February 2015 volume of 306,531,839 contracts. OCC's year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume is up seven percent from 2015 with 18,209,514 contracts.

Options: Overall exchange-listed options volume reached 331,918,260 contracts in February, up 10 percent from February 2015. Equity options volume reached a total of 296,684,498 contracts, an eight percent increase from February 2015. This includes cleared ETF options volume of 135,080,392 contracts last month, a 35 percent increase over February 2015 volume. Index options volume was up 29 percent with 35,233,762 contracts in February.

Year-to-date average daily equity options volume is up five percent with 15,975,714 contracts in 2016.

Futures: OCC cleared futures volume in February was 6,382,709 contracts, a 59 percent increase from February 2015. OCC's year-to-date average daily cleared futures volume is up 49 percent from 2015 with 348,230 contracts.

Securities Lending: OCC's securities lending CCP activity was up 54 percent in new loans from February 2015 with 150,326 transactions last month. Year-to-date stock loan activity is up 41 percent from 2015 with 287,098 new loan transactions in 2016. The average daily loan value cleared by OCC in February was $145,754,225,072.

For 2016 monthly exchange market share information, click here.

 
Feb 2016 Total Contract Volume
Feb 2015 Total Contract Volume
Feb Total Contract % Change vs. 2015
YTD. Avg. Daily Contract 2016
YTD. Avg. Daily Contract 2015
Avg. Daily Contract % Change vs. 2015
Equity Options
296,684,498
275,262,981
7.78%
15,975,714
15,280,815
4.55%
Index Options
35,233,762
27,264,993
29.2%
1,885,571
1,534,387
22.9%
Total Options
331,918,260
302,527,974
9.71%
17,861,285
16,815,203
6.22%
Total Futures
6,382,709
4,003,865
59.4%
348,230
233,960
48.8%
Total Volume
338,300,969
306,531,839
10.4%
18,209,514
17,049,163
6.81%

About OCC

OCC is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization and the foundation for secure markets. Founded in 1973, OCC operates under the jurisdiction of both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). OCC now provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 19 exchanges and trading platforms for options, financial futures, security futures and securities lending transactions. More information about OCC is available at www.theocc.com.