CBOE Holdings To Transition SPXpm From C2 To Hybrid Trading On CBOE

November 29, 2012

CBOE Holdings

Move to Consolidate the Company's S&P 500 (SPX) Product Line on a Single Exchange and Increase Access to SPXpm

CHICAGO, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CBOE Holdings (NASDAQ: CBOE) announced plans today to transition its SPXpm product from the company's all-electronic C2 Options Exchange (C2) to Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), where it will be traded on CBOE's hybrid trading model which incorporates both electronic and open outcry trading.  The transition will consolidate the company's entire S&P 500 options product line on one exchange, CBOE. 

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The company's pm-settled SPX options (including SPXpm, SPX Weeklys and SPX Quarterlys) will trade in CBOE's hybrid environment under ticker ""SPXPM.""  Its flagship SPX option, which is a.m.-settled, will continue to trade in CBOE's open outcry environment under ticker ""SPX.""  The migration of SPXpm from C2 to CBOE is expected to result in increased access and liquidity by exposing the product to an even broader user base. 

""We are very pleased to respond to the evolving trading needs of our customers by consolidating our entire SPX options product line at CBOE,"" William J. Brodsky, CBOE Holdings Chairman and CEO, said. ""This will enable brokers to efficiently execute spreads among all of our SPX products, including SPX, SPXpm, and SPX Weeklys, which is currently one of our fastest growing products.""

""Moving SPXpm to CBOE's hybrid trading environment opens up access to a very active SPX trading crowd on the floor of the CBOE,"" Brodsky added. ""Customers who prefer to trade SPXpm electronically may continue to do so, but will have the added benefit of tapping into the additional liquidity we expect to see from our trading floor."" 

CBOE invented the weekly option concept to help customers target opportunities tied to specific market events, such as earnings and government reports.  Thus far in 2012, SPX Weeklys trading is up 53 percent. In October 2012 alone, SPX Weeklys options established a record average daily volume of just under 135,000 contracts. Approximately 35 percent of all SPX Weeklys volume comes from open outcry trading, and 65 percent is conducted electronically.    

The company plans to begin transitioning SPXpm options in the first quarter of 2013, pending regulatory approval. 

To learn more about S&P 500 options at CBOE, please visit http://www.cboe.com/SPX.  

Forward-Looking Statements:
Certain information contained in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements, such as the move of SPXpm to CBOE. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties.

About CBOE Holdings:
CBOE Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) is the holding company for Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) and other subsidiaries.  CBOE, the largest U.S. options exchange and creator of listed options, continues to set the bar for options and volatility trading through product innovation, trading technology and investor education. CBOE Holdings offers equity, index and ETF options, including proprietary products, such as S&P 500 options (SPX), the most active U.S. index option, and options and futures on the CBOE Volatility Index (the VIX Index). Other products engineered by CBOE include equity options, security index options, LEAPS options, FLEX options, and benchmark products such as the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM). CBOE Holdings is home to the world-renowned Options Institute and www.cboe.com, the go-to place for options and volatility trading resources. CBOE is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), with all trades cleared by the OCC.

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CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CFE®, FLEX®, LEAPS®, CBOE Volatility Index® and VIX® are registered trademarks, and BuyWrite(SM), BXM(SM), SPX(SM), CBOE Futures Exchange(SM), The Options Institute(SM), Quarterlys(SM) and Weeklys(SM) are service marks of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (CBOE).  C2(SM), C2 Options Exchange(SM) and SPXpm(SM) are service marks of C2 Options Exchange, Incorporated (C2).  Standard & Poor's®, S&P ® and S&P 500® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services, LLC and have been licensed for use by CBOE and C2.  CBOE's options based on S&P indices are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Standard & Poor's, and Standard & Poor's makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in such products.

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