OCC, the world?s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that total cleared contract volume in March reached 386,877,373 contracts, a nine percent increase from March 2016. This was the highest level of options volume cleared in March by OCC in the last five years. OCC’s year-to-date volume is down one percent with 1,058,670,212 cleared contracts in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 1,064,617,055 contracts in the first quarter of 2016.

Options: Overall exchange-listed options volume reached 374,481,795 contracts in March, up eight percent from March 2016. Equity options volume reached a total of 329,657,794 contracts, a seven percent increase from March 2016. This includes cleared ETF options volume of 157,358,886 contracts last month, an 11 percent increase over March 2016 volume of 142,234,845 contracts. Index options volume was up 18 percent with 44,824,001 contracts in March.

Futures: Futures cleared by OCC reached its highest volume ever with 12,395,578 contracts in March, up 68 percent from March 2016. OCC?s average daily cleared futures volume in the first quarter was 517,722 contracts, 51 percent higher than the first quarter of 2016.?

Securities Lending:? OCC’s securities lending CCP activity was up 25 percent in new loans from March 2016 with 209,324 transactions last month. Year-to-date stock loan activity increased 21 percent from 2016 with 551,730 new loan transactions in the first quarter of 2017. The average daily loan value at OCC in March was $155,305,631,711.

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