updated 3/16/2011 8:46:17 AM ET 2011-03-16T12:46:17

CHICAGO, March 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- optionsXpress Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:OXPS) today reported key monthly performance metrics for February. Highlights for the month included:

  • Retail daily average revenue trades (DARTs) of 38,300 – 37% higher than February 2010, 6% higher than January 2011
  • Institutional daily average revenue trades (DARTs) of 14,300 – 7% lower than February 2010, 13% higher than January 2011
  • Net new customer accounts of 2,700. Ending customer accounts of 385,200  – 9% higher than February 2010, 1% higher than January 2011
  • Ending client assets of $8.1 billion – 15% higher than February 2010, 3% higher than January 2011
  • Ending margin balances of $227 million – 29% higher than February 2010, 6% higher than January 2011




"Positive momentum continued into February across all of our key metrics due to increased customer engagement," commented David Fisher, Chief Executive Officer of optionsXpress Holdings, Inc. "Retail DARTs were at their highest levels since October 2008 with the biggest gains in option DARTs.  In addition, account growth continued to be encouraging as February was in line with a strong January on a per-day basis.  Client assets finished at a record high and margin balances, an indicator of investor risk tolerance, were close to their June 2008 all-time high."

About optionsXpress Holdings, Inc.

optionsXpress Holdings, Inc., a pioneer in equity options and futures trading, offers an innovative suite of online brokerage services for investor education, strategy evaluation and trade execution. optionsXpress Holdings subsidiaries include optionsXpress, Inc., a retail online brokerage specializing in options and futures, brokersXpress, LLC, an online trading and reporting platform for independent investment professionals, Open E Cry, LLC, an innovative futures broker offering direct access futures trading for high volume commodities and futures traders through its proprietary software platform, and Optionetics, Inc, a leading provider of investment education services, including live seminars, proprietary software analytics, online and offline educational products and individual coaching.

More information can be found in the Investor Relations section of optionsXpress' website at http://www.optionsxpress.com/investor .

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