OCC Cleared Contract Volume Increased Eight Percent in May

Equity options volume up 12 percent in May and average daily volume up 26 percent year-to-date

ETF options volume up 12 percent in May and average daily volume up 29 percent year-to-date

Securities lending activity up 14 percent in May and 23 percent year-to-date

CHICAGO--()--OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that total cleared contract volume in May reached 411,264,931 contracts, an eight percent increase from May 2017 volume of 380,010,098. OCC's year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume is up 25 percent from 2017 with 21,321,765 contracts compared to 17,079,884 contracts in 2017.

Options: Overall exchange-listed options volume reached 403,748,267 contracts in May, up 10 percent from May 2017. Equity options volume reached a total of 366,176,065 contracts, a 12 percent increase from May 2017. This includes cleared ETF options volume of 150,994,638 contracts last month, a 12 percent increase over May 2017 volume of 134,835,545 contracts. Index options volume was down four percent with 37,572,202 contracts in May.

Futures: Futures cleared by OCC reached 7,516,664 contracts in May, down 44 percent from May 2017. OCC’s year-to-date average daily cleared futures volume was 465,648 contracts, 15 percent less than 2017.

Securities Lending: OCC's securities lending CCP activity was up 14 percent in new loans from May 2017 with 238,416 transactions last month. Year-to-date stock loan activity increased 23 percent from 2017 with 1,154,218 new loan transactions in 2018. The average daily loan value at OCC in May was $189,658,798,469.

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May 2018 May 2017 May Total YTD Avg. YTD Avg. YTD Avg. Daily
Total Total


Daily Daily


Contract Contract

% Change vs.

Contract Contract

% Change vs.

    Volume   Volume   May 2017   2018   2017  

YTD 2017

Options   366,176,065   327,284,307   11.9%   18,429,107   14,586,722   26.3%
Options   150,994,638   134,835,545   12.0%   8,352,546   6,471,961   29.1%
Options   37,572,202   39,242,705   -4.3%   2,427,010   1,945,098   24.8%
Options   403,748,267   366,527,012   10.2%   20,856,117   16,531,820   26.2%
Futures   7,516,664   13,483,086   -44.3%   465,648   548,064   -15.0%
Volume   411,264,931   380,010,098   8.2%   21,321,765   17,079,884   24.8%

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) as a Derivatives Clearing Organization. Named 2018 Best Clearing House by Markets Media, 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.


Angela Kotso

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