Amex to Trade Options on Five Securities

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from The American Stock Exchange

    NEW YORK, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Stock Exchange will launch
 trading in options on Wednesday, April 4, 2001 on the following Nasdaq Stock
 Market and New York Stock Exchange listed stocks of:
 
      -- Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc.
         (Option Symbol: UGH / Stock Symbol: SHPGY)
      -- American General Corporation (Symbol: AGC)
      -- Foster Wheeler Corporation  (Symbol: FWC)
      -- PerkinElmer, Inc. (Symbol: PKI)
      -- Wendy's International, Inc. (Symbol: WEN)
 
     Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc. options will open with position limits of
 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be announced at a later date.  Shire Pharmaceuticals Group
 plc. specializes in the marketing, licensing, and development of prescription
 medicines.
     American General Corporation options will open with position limits of
 150,000 contracts until October 20, 2001 then be reduced to 75,000.  The
 options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The specialist will be
 announced at a later date.  American General Corporation, a diversified
 financial services organization, provides retirement services, life insurance,
 and consumer loans.
     Foster Wheeler Corporation options will open with position limits of
 22,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be announced at a later date.  Foster Wheeler Corporation
 provides design, engineering, construction, manufacturing, research, plant
 operations, and environmental services to a broad range of industries,
 including the petroleum and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, chemical
 processing, and power generation industries.
     PerkinElmer options will open with position limits of 31,500 contracts.
 The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The specialist will be
 announced at a later date.  PerkinElmer, Inc. provides products and systems to
 the telecom, pharmaceutical, chemical, semiconductor, medical, aerospace and
 photographic markets located worldwide.
     Wendy's International, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 60,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be announced at a later date.  Wendy's International, Inc.
 operates and franchises Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers quick-service
 restaurants in the United States, Canada, and other international markets.
 
     The American Stock Exchange(R), a subsidiary of the National Association
 of Securities Dealers, Inc., NASD(R), is the only primary exchange that offers
 trading across a full range of equities, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs),
 including structured products and HOLDRS(SM), and options.  In addition to its
 role as a national equities market, the Amex is the leader in ETF listings,
 listing 97 ETFs to date, and is the second-largest options exchange in the
 U.S., trading options on broad-based and sector indexes as well as domestic
 and foreign stocks.  For more information, visit http://www.amex.com.
 
 

SOURCE The American Stock Exchange
    NEW YORK, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Stock Exchange will launch
 trading in options on Wednesday, April 4, 2001 on the following Nasdaq Stock
 Market and New York Stock Exchange listed stocks of:
 
      -- Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc.
         (Option Symbol: UGH / Stock Symbol: SHPGY)
      -- American General Corporation (Symbol: AGC)
      -- Foster Wheeler Corporation  (Symbol: FWC)
      -- PerkinElmer, Inc. (Symbol: PKI)
      -- Wendy's International, Inc. (Symbol: WEN)
 
     Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc. options will open with position limits of
 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be announced at a later date.  Shire Pharmaceuticals Group
 plc. specializes in the marketing, licensing, and development of prescription
 medicines.
     American General Corporation options will open with position limits of
 150,000 contracts until October 20, 2001 then be reduced to 75,000.  The
 options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The specialist will be
 announced at a later date.  American General Corporation, a diversified
 financial services organization, provides retirement services, life insurance,
 and consumer loans.
     Foster Wheeler Corporation options will open with position limits of
 22,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be announced at a later date.  Foster Wheeler Corporation
 provides design, engineering, construction, manufacturing, research, plant
 operations, and environmental services to a broad range of industries,
 including the petroleum and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, chemical
 processing, and power generation industries.
     PerkinElmer options will open with position limits of 31,500 contracts.
 The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The specialist will be
 announced at a later date.  PerkinElmer, Inc. provides products and systems to
 the telecom, pharmaceutical, chemical, semiconductor, medical, aerospace and
 photographic markets located worldwide.
     Wendy's International, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 60,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be announced at a later date.  Wendy's International, Inc.
 operates and franchises Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers quick-service
 restaurants in the United States, Canada, and other international markets.
 
     The American Stock Exchange(R), a subsidiary of the National Association
 of Securities Dealers, Inc., NASD(R), is the only primary exchange that offers
 trading across a full range of equities, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs),
 including structured products and HOLDRS(SM), and options.  In addition to its
 role as a national equities market, the Amex is the leader in ETF listings,
 listing 97 ETFs to date, and is the second-largest options exchange in the
 U.S., trading options on broad-based and sector indexes as well as domestic
 and foreign stocks.  For more information, visit http://www.amex.com.
 
 SOURCE  The American Stock Exchange

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