US options traders didn't wait long to kick off the new
year, with the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) reporting
record trading volumes in the first week of 2004.
According to OCC figures released this week, a total of
29,814,477 contracts were traded in the 5-9 January period,
beating the previous high of 25,453,849. The latter record had
stood for nearly two years, since 16-20 April 2001.
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