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CBOE OCTOBER TOTAL VOLUME INCREASES 18 PERCENT, OPEN INTEREST UP 39 PERCENT FROM SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR; INDEX, EQUITY OPTIONS POST GAINS

 CBOE OCTOBER TOTAL VOLUME INCREASES 18 PERCENT, OPEN INTEREST UP 39 PERCENT FROM SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR; INDEX, EQUITY OPTIONS POST GAINS
 CHICAGO, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) today reported an October 1992 total volume of 12,043,851 contracts (6,515,020 calls and 5,528,831 puts), a gain of nearly 18 percent from the 10,216,241 contracts traded in October 1991. Exchange-wide open interest at month's end reached 6,231,984 contracts, a 39 percent increase from the same period last year.
 Index Volume Rises 27 Percent
 October 1992 index option volume totaled 7,984,660 contracts (3,771,077 calls and 4,213,583 puts), up 27 percent from the October 1991 volume of 6,311,667 contracts. In addition, both index LEAPS products -- OEX LEAPS and SPX LEAPS -- more than doubled in volume compared to the same period last year.
 Options on the S&P 100 stock index (OEX) totaled 6,691,169 contracts (3,244,828 calls and 3,446,341 puts), an increase of 26 percent from the 5,330,530 contracts traded in October 1991. Month-end open interest was 861,144 contracts, an increase of 25 percent from the same period last year, while this October's expiration day (Oct. 16) open interest stood at 1,259,257 contracts.
 Options on the S&P 500 stock index reached 1,242,495 contracts (519,419 calls and 723,076 puts), a 29 percent increase from October 1991 volume of 961,305 contracts. Month-end open interest was 1,312,276 contracts, up 46 percent from the same period last year, while this October's expiration day (Oct. 16) open interest stood at 1,177,563 contracts.
 OEX LEAPS, based on 1/10 of the value of the S&P 100 stock index, posted volume of 29,556 contracts (2,794 calls and 26,762 puts), a 123 percent jump from the 13,252 contracts traded in October 1991. Open interest set a month-end record of 227,828 contracts, up from the previous month-end record of 220,902 contracts set in September 1992 and up 109 percent from a year earlier.
 SPX LEAPS, based on 1/10 of the value of the S&P 500 stock index, totaled 13,418 contracts (412 calls and 13,006 puts), a 104 percent increase from the October 1991 total of 6,580 contracts. Open interest set a new month-end record of 181,329 contracts, up from the previous month-end record of 180,134 contracts in September 1992 and up 91 percent from a year ago.
 Contributing to overall month-end volume were new index option products which began trading during October -- the CBOE BioTech Index (BGX) and BGX LEAPS with volume of 2,115 contracts, and the U.K. stock market benchmark, the FT-SE 100, with volume of 4,608 contracts.
 Equity Option, LEAPS Volume, Open Interest Post Gains
 Trading in individual equity options increased in October from the same period last year, with significant gains in equity option LEAPS volume.
 Equity options volume totaled 4,051,392 contracts (2,741,911 calls and 1,309,481 puts), up 4 percent from the October 1991 total of 3,900,559 contracts. October month-end open interest stood at 3,621,713 contracts, a 35 percent increase from the same period the year before.
 Equity LEAPS volume totaled 157,931 contracts, an 81 percent gain from the October 1991 total of 87,496 contracts. Month-end open interest was 369,202 contracts, a 91 percent gain from October 1991. (Note: Equity LEAPS volume and open interest are included in equity options numbers.)
 Interest Rate Options Trading Activity Increases
 Also posting volume and open interest increases were options on short-term and long-term interest rates. Total October 1992 volume reached 7,799 contracts, a 94 percent jump from the October 1991 volume of 4,015 contracts. Open interest more than tripled, with a month-end 19,365 contracts.
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