2.8 bln equity option contracts in 2007

US equity options markets are exploding, soaring to 2.8 bln contracts in 2007, a 41% jump from 2006, Options Clearing Corporation says. TABB Group forecasts that by 2010 over 60% of all buy-side options trades will be executed through low-touch channels. In addition, as algorithms are beginning to see rapid adoption, TABB Group says that 35% of all order flow in equity options will be trading algorithmically by 2010, promoting greater electronic trading and efficiency in the trading process.