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CBOE Holdings Reports March 2012 Trading Volume; Futures Exchange Posts Busiest Month in History

CBOE Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) today reported that March trading volume for options on the Chicago Board Options Exchange and C2 Options Exchange (C2), combined, totaled 106.65 million contracts. March's average daily volume was 4.85 million contracts, even with March 2011 ADV and down five percent from February 2012 ADV of 5.08 million contracts. Futures trading on CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE), home of CBOE Volatility Index futures, set a new all-time monthly volume record of nearly two million contracts in March.

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In addition, first quarter 2012 options ADV was 4.82 million contracts, a 13-percent increase from fourth quarter 2011 ADV of 4.26 million contacts, and a four-percent decrease from first quarter 2011 ADV of 5.04 million contracts.

CBOE Trading Volume and Market Share

CBOE trading volume – CBOE's March 2012 ADV was 4.62 million contracts, down one percent from 4.67 million contracts ADV in March 2011 and down four percent from February 2012 ADV of 4.84 million contracts. CBOE index options – March 2012 index option ADV was 1.22 million contracts, down four percent from 1.27 million contracts ADV in March 2011 and down one percent from February 2012 ADV of 1.24 million contracts. CBOE ETF options – March 2012 ETF option ADV was 1.30 million contracts, up three percent from 1.25 million contracts ADV in March 2011 and up seven percent from February 2012 ADV of 1.22 million contracts. CBOE equity options – March 2012 equity option ADV was 2.11 million contracts, down two percent from 2.15 million contracts ADV in March 2011 and down 11 percent from February 2012 ADV of 2.38 million contracts. The five most actively traded index and ETF options at CBOE during March were the S&P 500 Index (SPX), Standard & Poor's Depositary Receipts (SPY), CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), iShares Trust-Russell 2000 Index Fund (IWM), and QQQ Trust (QQQ). The five most actively traded equity options at CBOE during March were Apple (AAPL), Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Amazon (AMZN).

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