July 2, 2012

June Is Second Consecutive Month Of Record Trading Volume At CBOE Futures Exchange

VIX Futures Trading Reaches New All-Time High
Several Milestones Achieved During Record-Setting Month

CHICAGO, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE) today announced that June 2012 was the most-active trading month in CFE history and the second consecutive month of record trading volume at the exchange.  The most-active trading month in CFE history was driven by record volume in futures on the CBOE Volatility Index (the VIX Index), with June 2012 trading in VIX futures up 85 percent over a year-ago.  During the record-breaking month, new all-time highs were established in total monthly volume, monthly average daily volume (ADV), single-day volume and weekly volume -- both exchange-wide and for VIX futures.  In addition, the second quarter of 2012 experienced the highest trading volume of any quarter in CFE history.

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June Trading Activity

For a second consecutive month, total trading volume at CFE surpassed the two million contract benchmark.  The record 2,168,751 contracts traded during June 2012 was an increase of 77 percent from the 1,223,214 contracts traded in June 2011 and an increase of seven percent from the 2,022,433 contracts traded during May 2012, the previous record.

CBOE FUTURES EXCHANGE VOLUME SUMMARY

Current Month

               Year-To-Date


June

2012

June  

2011

%

Chg

May

2012

%    Chg

June

2012

June

2011

%

Chg

Trading Days

21

22


22


125

125


Total CFE

2,168,751

1,223,214

+77%

2,022,433

+7%

10,007,503

5,686,972

+76%

Total CFE ADV

103,274

55,600

+86%

91,928

+12%

80,060

45,496

+76%

Average daily volume at CFE reached a new all-time high for a second straight month, topping one hundred thousand contracts for the first time during June 2012.  The record 103,274 contracts per day was up 86 percent from the 55,600 contracts traded per day a year ago and surpassed the previous ADV record of 91,928 contracts per day during May 2012 by 12 percent.  

The week of June 18-22 was the busiest trading week in CFE history as a total of 659,930 contracts traded during the five days.  The previous record week was August 8-12, 2011 when 533,639 contracts traded.  The record week was spurred by a new all-time high for single-day total exchange volume when 160,552 contracts changed hands on Monday, June 18.  This new daily record eclipsed the previous single-day high of 152,133 contracts traded on August 5, 2011.

Second Quarter and Year-To-Date

For a second consecutive quarter, CFE experienced record-setting quarterly volume.  The 5,883,808 total contracts traded during the second quarter of 2012 surpassed the previous quarterly record of 4,123,695 contracts set during the first quarter of 2012 by 43 percent.  When compared to the 3,052,714 contracts traded during the second quarter of 2011, second quarter 2012 volume rose by 93 percent.       

ADV during the second quarter 2012 was a new high of 93,394 contracts.  When compared with 66,511 contracts in the first quarter of 2012, the previous record, and the 48,456 contracts in the same quarter from a year ago (2Q 2011), ADV in the second quarter of 2012 increased by 40 percent and 93 percent, respectively.    

Five of the top six most-active trading months in CFE history have occurred during the first six months of 2012.  Year-to-date volume for the first half of the year stands at 10,007,503 contracts traded, 76 percent ahead of the 5,686,972 contracts traded during the first six months of 2011.  Through June 2012, CFE is averaging 80,060 contracts traded per day, compared with 45,496 contracts per day from the same time period in 2011.  

VIX Futures

Trading activity in CBOE Volatility Index (the VIX Index) futures totaled a record 2,154,325 contracts during June 2012, an increase of 76 percent from the 1,222,257 contracts in June 2011 and up eight percent from the 2,000,154 contracts in May 2012.  June average daily volume in VIX futures was 102,587 contracts, also a new record, and an increase of 85 percent from the 55,557 contracts per day a year ago and up 13 percent from the ADV of 90,916 contracts in May 2012.  The June records for total volume and average daily volume in VIX futures surpassed the previous records for each set in May 2012. 

Recently Launched Products

In their first full month of trading, futures on the CBOE NASDAQ-100 Volatility Index (VXN) totaled 108 contracts. The NASDAQ-100 Index (NDX) represents the largest non-financial U.S. and international securities listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market, based on market capitalization. VXN, which measures the volatility of the NASDAQ-100 Index, is calculated through the application of CBOE's VIX methodology to the prices of options on NDX.  VXN futures began trading on May 23.

Trading volume in CBOE Crude Oil ETF Volatility Index (OVX) security futures totaled 3,290 contracts in June 2012, an increase of 65 percent from the 1,994 contracts in May.  The CBOE Crude Oil ETF Volatility Index measures the market's expectation of 30-day volatility of crude oil prices by applying the VIX methodology to United States Oil Fund, LP exchange traded fund (USO) options.  OVX security futures were launched for trading on March 26, 2012. 

Trading volume in CBOE Emerging Markets ETF Volatility Index (VXEM) security futures totaled 8,870 contracts during June 2012, down 47 percent from the 16,703 contracts during May 2012.  The CBOE Emerging Markets ETF Volatility Index tracks the implied volatility of the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index exchange traded fund (EEM).  VXEM security futures were launched for trading on January 9, 2012.         

About CFE                 

CFE currently offers futures on ten different contracts, including: the CBOE Volatility Index (the VIX Index), Weekly options on VIX futures (VOW), CBOE mini-VIX (VM), CBOE NASDAQ-100 Volatility Index (VXN), CBOE Gold ETF Volatility Index (GVZ), CBOE Crude Oil ETF Volatility Index (OVX),  CBOE Emerging Markets ETF Volatility Index (VXEM), CBOE Brazil ETF Volatility Index (VXEW), CBOE S&P 500 3-Month Variance (VT) and Radar Logic 25-Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) RPX Composite Index (RPXCP).

CFE, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBOE Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE), offers an all-electronic, open-access market model, with traders providing liquidity and making markets. CFE is regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and all trades are cleared by the OCC.  More information on CFE and its products, including contract specifications, can be found at: http://cfe.cboe.com/.  

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