Amex to Trade Options on Thirty-Five Securities

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from The American Stock Exchange

    NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The American
 Stock Exchange will launch trading in options on Wednesday, April 25, 2001 on
 the following Nasdaq Stock Market and New York Stock Exchange listed stocks
 of:
 
     -- Abgenix, Inc.  (Option Symbol: AZU/Stock Symbol: ABGX)
     -- Campbell Soup Company (Symbol: CPB)
     -- Alpharma Inc. (Symbol: ALO)
     -- Cerus Corporation  (Option Symbol: CEQ/Stock Symbol: CERS)
     -- Burlington Resources, Inc. (Symbol: BR)
     -- CV Therapeutics, Inc. (Option Symbol: UXC/Stock Symbol: CVTX)
     -- Forest Laboratories, Inc. (Symbol: FRX)
     -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (Symbol:  NOC)
     -- Ingersoll-Rand Company (Symbol: IR)
     -- NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Option Symbol: QKK/Stock Symbol: NPSP)
     -- Marriott International, Inc. (Symbol: MAR)
     -- Orbotech, Ltd. (Option Symbol: OKQ/Stock Symbol: ORBK)
     -- Metris Companies, Inc. (Symbol: MXT)
     -- PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. (Option Symbol: HYQ/Stock Symbol: PHSY)
     -- Minimed Inc. (Option Symbol: MAQ/Stock Symbol: MNMD)
     -- Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (Option Symbol: IAQ/Stock Symbol: SIAL)
     -- Smith International, Inc. (Symbol: SII)
     -- Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corporation (Symbol: UDS)
     -- Applera Corporation-Applied Biosystems Group (Symbol: ABI)
     -- Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (Symbol: BNI)
     -- Avon Products, Inc. (Symbol: AVP)
     -- Coherent, Inc. (Option Symbol: HRQ/Stock Symbol: COHR)
     -- The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. (Symbol: BSC)
     -- Comcast Corporation, Special Class A
        (Option Symbol: CQK/Stock Symbol: CMCSK)
     -- DiamondCluster International, Inc.
        (Option Symbol: DUP/Stock Symbol: DTPI)
     -- HNC Software Inc.  (Option Symbol: NSQ/Stock Symbol: HNCS)
     -- Dillard's Inc. (Symbol: DDS)
     -- IGEN International, Inc.  (Option Symbol: GQ/Stock Symbol: IGEN)
     -- Dow Jones & Company, Inc. (Symbol: DJ)
     -- L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (Symbol: LLL)
     -- FileNET Corporation  (Option Symbol: ILQ/Stock Symbol: FILE)
     -- MBIA, Inc. (Symbol: MBI)
     -- H.J. Heinz Company (Symbol: HNZ)
     -- Tech Data Corporation (Option Symbol: TDQ/Stock Symbol: TECD)
     -- Williams Communications Group, Inc. (Symbol: WCG)
 
     Abgenix, Inc. options will open with position limits of 75,000 contracts.
 The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The specialist will
 be Susquehanna Investment Group.  Abgenix, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company
 that develops antibody therapeutic products for the treatment of a variety of
 disease conditions.
     Campbell Soup Company options will open with position limits of 31,500
 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be LaBranche & Co. LLC.  Campbell Soup Company, with its
 subsidiaries, manufactures and markets branded convenience food products.
     Alpharma Inc. options will open with position limits of 31,500 contracts.
 The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The specialist will be
 Charlton SLK.  Alpharma Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets specialty
 generic and proprietary human pharmaceutical and animal health products.
     Cerus Corporation options will open with position limits of 13,500
 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be Group One Trading L.P. Cerus Corporation develops systems
 designed to enhance the safety of blood transfusions.
     Burlington Resources, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Cohen, Duffy & McGowan, LLC.  Burlington Resources,
 Inc., through its subsidiaries, explores for, produces, and markets crude oil
 and natural gas.
     CV Therapeutics, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 22,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Susquehanna Investment Group.  CV Therapeutics, Inc. is
 a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops new small molecule
 drugs to treat cardiovascular disease.
     Forest Laboratories, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 150,000 contracts until January 18, 2003 then be reduced to 75,000.  The
 options will trade on the February expiration cycle.  The specialist will be
 Gateway Partners LLC.  Forest Laboratories, Inc. develops, manufactures, and
 sells both branded and generic forms of ethical products that require a
 physician's prescription.
     Northrop Grumman Corporation options will open with position limits of
 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Wolverine Trading L.P.  Northrop Grumman Corporation
 provides products, services, and solutions in defense and commercial
 electronics, systems integration, information technology, and non-nucleur
 shipbuilding and systems.
     Ingersoll-Rand Company options will open with position limits of
 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be TFM Investment Group. Ingersoll-Rand Company is a
 diversified industrial equipment and components manufacturer.
     NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. options will open with position limits of 22,500
 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be Cranmer & Cranmer, Inc.  NPS discovers, develops and
 intends to commercialize small molecules and recombinant proteins as drugs,
 primarily for the treatment of bone and mineral disorders and central nervous
 system disorders.
     Marriott International, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 60,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be AGS Specialist Partners.  Marriott International, Inc.
 is a worldwide operator and franchisor of hotels and senior living
 communities, as well as provider of food distribution services.
     Orbotech, Ltd. options will open with position limits of 31,500 contracts.
 The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The specialist will
 be Knight Financial Products, LLC.  Orbotech, Ltd. designs, develops,
 manufactures, markets, and services automated optical inspection systems and
 imaging solutions.
     Metris Companies, Inc. options will open with position limits of 31,500
 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be Botta Capital Management, LLC.  Metris Companies, Inc. is
 an information-based direct marketer of consumer credit products, extended
 service plans and enhancement products and services to moderate-income
 consumers.
     PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 60,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Eclipse JV.  PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. is a
 managed health care services company that provides managed care products for
 employer groups and Medicare beneficiaries in the United States and Guam.
     Minimed Inc. options will open with position limits of 60,000 contracts.
 The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.  The specialist will
 be Bear Hunter Specialists.  Minimed Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and
 markets infusion systems with a primary emphasis on the intensive management
 of diabetes.
     Sigma-Aldrich Corporation options will open with position limits of
 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Spear, Leeds & Kellogg.  Sigma-Aldrich Corporation
 provides biochemical, organic chemicals, chromatography products, and
 diagnostic reagents.
     Smith International, Inc. options will open with position limits of 75,000
 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be Letco-Specialist L.P.  Smith International, Inc. supplies
 products and services to the oil and gas exploration and production industry.
     Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corporation options will open with position
 limits of 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration
 cycle.  The specialist will be Highland Securities Corp. Ultramar Diamond
 Shamrock Corporation is a petroleum refining and marketing company that owns
 several refineries in the United States and Canada.
     Applera Corporation-Applied Biosystems Group options will open with
 position limits of 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the March
 expiration cycle.  The specialist will be Spear, Leeds & Kellogg. Applera
 Corporation-Applied Biosystems Group develops and markets instrument-based
 systems, reagents, software, and contract services to the life science
 industry and research community.
     Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation options will open with position
 limits of 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration
 cycle.  The specialist will be Knight Financial Products LLC. Burlington
 Northern Santa Fe Corporation, through its Burlington Northern and Santa Fe
 Railway Company subsidiary, operates a railroad system in the United States
 and Canada.
     Avon Products, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Cranmer & Cranmer, Inc. Avon is a manufacturer and
 direct seller of beauty and related products.
     Coherent, Inc. options will open with position limits of 22,500 contracts.
 The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.  The specialist will
 be Wolverine Trading L.P.   Coherent, Inc. is a global company that designs,
 manufactures, and sells lasers, laser systems, precision optics, and related
 accessories.
     The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. options will open with position limits of
 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be AGS Specialist Partners.  The Bear Stearns Companies,
 Inc. through its Bear Stearns & Co, Inc. subsidiary, offers investment banking
 and securities trading and brokerage services.
     Comcast Corporation, Special Class A options will open with position
 limits of 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration
 cycle.  The specialist will be Cohen, Duffy & McGowan, LLC. Comcast
 Corporation develops, manages, and operates hybrid fiber-coaxial broadband
 cable communications networks.
     DiamondCluster International, Inc. options will open with position limits
 of 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Charlton SLK.  DiamondCluster International, Inc. is a
 business strategy and technology solutions firm.
     HNC Software Inc. options will open with position limits of
 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Gateway Partners LLC.  HNC Software Inc. develops,
 markets, and supports client-server software solutions for mission-critical
 decision applications in real-time environments.
     Dillard's Inc. options will open with position limits of 31,500 contracts.
 The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.  The specialist will
 be AGS Specialist Partners.  Dillard's Inc. operates retail department stores
 located primarily in the Southwestern, Southeastern, and midwestern United
 States.
     IGEN International, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 22,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be Group One Trading L.P.  IGEN International, Inc. develops,
 manufactures, and markets diagnostic systems utilizing its ORIGEN technology.
     Dow Jones & Company, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be Susquehanna Investment Group.  Dow Jones & Company, Inc. is
 a global provider of business news and information with operations in print
 publishing, electronic publishing, and general-interest community newspapers.
     L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. options will open with position limits
 of 22,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Bear Hunter Specialists.  L-3 Communications Holdings,
 Inc. supplies secure communication systems and specialized communication
 products.
     FileNET Corporation options will open with position limits of
 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be LaBranche & CO. LLC.  FileNET Corporation develops,
 markets, and services integrated document management software products
 designed for managing information and enhancing productivity.
     MBIA, Inc. options will open with 4,725,000 shares until November 17, 2001
 then be reduced to 31,500 contracts..  The options will trade on the February
 expiration cycle.  The specialist will be Eclipse JV.  MBIA, Inc., through its
 subsidiaries, is a financial guarantor and a provider of specialized financial
 services.
     H.J. Heinz Company options will open with position limits of 75,000
 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be TFM Investment Group.  H.J. Heinz Company manufactures and
 markets processed food products throughout the world.
     Tech Data Corporation options will open with position limits of
 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be LaBranche & Co LLC.  Tech Data Corporation is a full-line
 distributor of technology products.
     Williams Communications Group, Inc. options will open with position limits
 of 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Letco-Specialist L.P.  Williams Communications Group,
 Inc. owns and operated a nationwide fiber optic network focused on providing
 voice, data, Internet, and video services to communications service providers.
 
     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 HOLDRSsm, 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 www.amex.com.
 
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    NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The American
 Stock Exchange will launch trading in options on Wednesday, April 25, 2001 on
 the following Nasdaq Stock Market and New York Stock Exchange listed stocks
 of:
 
     -- Abgenix, Inc.  (Option Symbol: AZU/Stock Symbol: ABGX)
     -- Campbell Soup Company (Symbol: CPB)
     -- Alpharma Inc. (Symbol: ALO)
     -- Cerus Corporation  (Option Symbol: CEQ/Stock Symbol: CERS)
     -- Burlington Resources, Inc. (Symbol: BR)
     -- CV Therapeutics, Inc. (Option Symbol: UXC/Stock Symbol: CVTX)
     -- Forest Laboratories, Inc. (Symbol: FRX)
     -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (Symbol:  NOC)
     -- Ingersoll-Rand Company (Symbol: IR)
     -- NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Option Symbol: QKK/Stock Symbol: NPSP)
     -- Marriott International, Inc. (Symbol: MAR)
     -- Orbotech, Ltd. (Option Symbol: OKQ/Stock Symbol: ORBK)
     -- Metris Companies, Inc. (Symbol: MXT)
     -- PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. (Option Symbol: HYQ/Stock Symbol: PHSY)
     -- Minimed Inc. (Option Symbol: MAQ/Stock Symbol: MNMD)
     -- Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (Option Symbol: IAQ/Stock Symbol: SIAL)
     -- Smith International, Inc. (Symbol: SII)
     -- Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corporation (Symbol: UDS)
     -- Applera Corporation-Applied Biosystems Group (Symbol: ABI)
     -- Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (Symbol: BNI)
     -- Avon Products, Inc. (Symbol: AVP)
     -- Coherent, Inc. (Option Symbol: HRQ/Stock Symbol: COHR)
     -- The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. (Symbol: BSC)
     -- Comcast Corporation, Special Class A
        (Option Symbol: CQK/Stock Symbol: CMCSK)
     -- DiamondCluster International, Inc.
        (Option Symbol: DUP/Stock Symbol: DTPI)
     -- HNC Software Inc.  (Option Symbol: NSQ/Stock Symbol: HNCS)
     -- Dillard's Inc. (Symbol: DDS)
     -- IGEN International, Inc.  (Option Symbol: GQ/Stock Symbol: IGEN)
     -- Dow Jones & Company, Inc. (Symbol: DJ)
     -- L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (Symbol: LLL)
     -- FileNET Corporation  (Option Symbol: ILQ/Stock Symbol: FILE)
     -- MBIA, Inc. (Symbol: MBI)
     -- H.J. Heinz Company (Symbol: HNZ)
     -- Tech Data Corporation (Option Symbol: TDQ/Stock Symbol: TECD)
     -- Williams Communications Group, Inc. (Symbol: WCG)
 
     Abgenix, Inc. options will open with position limits of 75,000 contracts.
 The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The specialist will
 be Susquehanna Investment Group.  Abgenix, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company
 that develops antibody therapeutic products for the treatment of a variety of
 disease conditions.
     Campbell Soup Company options will open with position limits of 31,500
 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be LaBranche & Co. LLC.  Campbell Soup Company, with its
 subsidiaries, manufactures and markets branded convenience food products.
     Alpharma Inc. options will open with position limits of 31,500 contracts.
 The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The specialist will be
 Charlton SLK.  Alpharma Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets specialty
 generic and proprietary human pharmaceutical and animal health products.
     Cerus Corporation options will open with position limits of 13,500
 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be Group One Trading L.P. Cerus Corporation develops systems
 designed to enhance the safety of blood transfusions.
     Burlington Resources, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Cohen, Duffy & McGowan, LLC.  Burlington Resources,
 Inc., through its subsidiaries, explores for, produces, and markets crude oil
 and natural gas.
     CV Therapeutics, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 22,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Susquehanna Investment Group.  CV Therapeutics, Inc. is
 a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops new small molecule
 drugs to treat cardiovascular disease.
     Forest Laboratories, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 150,000 contracts until January 18, 2003 then be reduced to 75,000.  The
 options will trade on the February expiration cycle.  The specialist will be
 Gateway Partners LLC.  Forest Laboratories, Inc. develops, manufactures, and
 sells both branded and generic forms of ethical products that require a
 physician's prescription.
     Northrop Grumman Corporation options will open with position limits of
 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Wolverine Trading L.P.  Northrop Grumman Corporation
 provides products, services, and solutions in defense and commercial
 electronics, systems integration, information technology, and non-nucleur
 shipbuilding and systems.
     Ingersoll-Rand Company options will open with position limits of
 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be TFM Investment Group. Ingersoll-Rand Company is a
 diversified industrial equipment and components manufacturer.
     NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. options will open with position limits of 22,500
 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be Cranmer & Cranmer, Inc.  NPS discovers, develops and
 intends to commercialize small molecules and recombinant proteins as drugs,
 primarily for the treatment of bone and mineral disorders and central nervous
 system disorders.
     Marriott International, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 60,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be AGS Specialist Partners.  Marriott International, Inc.
 is a worldwide operator and franchisor of hotels and senior living
 communities, as well as provider of food distribution services.
     Orbotech, Ltd. options will open with position limits of 31,500 contracts.
 The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The specialist will
 be Knight Financial Products, LLC.  Orbotech, Ltd. designs, develops,
 manufactures, markets, and services automated optical inspection systems and
 imaging solutions.
     Metris Companies, Inc. options will open with position limits of 31,500
 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be Botta Capital Management, LLC.  Metris Companies, Inc. is
 an information-based direct marketer of consumer credit products, extended
 service plans and enhancement products and services to moderate-income
 consumers.
     PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 60,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Eclipse JV.  PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. is a
 managed health care services company that provides managed care products for
 employer groups and Medicare beneficiaries in the United States and Guam.
     Minimed Inc. options will open with position limits of 60,000 contracts.
 The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.  The specialist will
 be Bear Hunter Specialists.  Minimed Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and
 markets infusion systems with a primary emphasis on the intensive management
 of diabetes.
     Sigma-Aldrich Corporation options will open with position limits of
 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Spear, Leeds & Kellogg.  Sigma-Aldrich Corporation
 provides biochemical, organic chemicals, chromatography products, and
 diagnostic reagents.
     Smith International, Inc. options will open with position limits of 75,000
 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be Letco-Specialist L.P.  Smith International, Inc. supplies
 products and services to the oil and gas exploration and production industry.
     Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corporation options will open with position
 limits of 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration
 cycle.  The specialist will be Highland Securities Corp. Ultramar Diamond
 Shamrock Corporation is a petroleum refining and marketing company that owns
 several refineries in the United States and Canada.
     Applera Corporation-Applied Biosystems Group options will open with
 position limits of 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the March
 expiration cycle.  The specialist will be Spear, Leeds & Kellogg. Applera
 Corporation-Applied Biosystems Group develops and markets instrument-based
 systems, reagents, software, and contract services to the life science
 industry and research community.
     Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation options will open with position
 limits of 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration
 cycle.  The specialist will be Knight Financial Products LLC. Burlington
 Northern Santa Fe Corporation, through its Burlington Northern and Santa Fe
 Railway Company subsidiary, operates a railroad system in the United States
 and Canada.
     Avon Products, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Cranmer & Cranmer, Inc. Avon is a manufacturer and
 direct seller of beauty and related products.
     Coherent, Inc. options will open with position limits of 22,500 contracts.
 The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.  The specialist will
 be Wolverine Trading L.P.   Coherent, Inc. is a global company that designs,
 manufactures, and sells lasers, laser systems, precision optics, and related
 accessories.
     The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. options will open with position limits of
 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be AGS Specialist Partners.  The Bear Stearns Companies,
 Inc. through its Bear Stearns & Co, Inc. subsidiary, offers investment banking
 and securities trading and brokerage services.
     Comcast Corporation, Special Class A options will open with position
 limits of 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration
 cycle.  The specialist will be Cohen, Duffy & McGowan, LLC. Comcast
 Corporation develops, manages, and operates hybrid fiber-coaxial broadband
 cable communications networks.
     DiamondCluster International, Inc. options will open with position limits
 of 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Charlton SLK.  DiamondCluster International, Inc. is a
 business strategy and technology solutions firm.
     HNC Software Inc. options will open with position limits of
 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Gateway Partners LLC.  HNC Software Inc. develops,
 markets, and supports client-server software solutions for mission-critical
 decision applications in real-time environments.
     Dillard's Inc. options will open with position limits of 31,500 contracts.
 The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.  The specialist will
 be AGS Specialist Partners.  Dillard's Inc. operates retail department stores
 located primarily in the Southwestern, Southeastern, and midwestern United
 States.
     IGEN International, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 22,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be Group One Trading L.P.  IGEN International, Inc. develops,
 manufactures, and markets diagnostic systems utilizing its ORIGEN technology.
     Dow Jones & Company, Inc. options will open with position limits of
 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be Susquehanna Investment Group.  Dow Jones & Company, Inc. is
 a global provider of business news and information with operations in print
 publishing, electronic publishing, and general-interest community newspapers.
     L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. options will open with position limits
 of 22,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Bear Hunter Specialists.  L-3 Communications Holdings,
 Inc. supplies secure communication systems and specialized communication
 products.
     FileNET Corporation options will open with position limits of
 31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be LaBranche & CO. LLC.  FileNET Corporation develops,
 markets, and services integrated document management software products
 designed for managing information and enhancing productivity.
     MBIA, Inc. options will open with 4,725,000 shares until November 17, 2001
 then be reduced to 31,500 contracts..  The options will trade on the February
 expiration cycle.  The specialist will be Eclipse JV.  MBIA, Inc., through its
 subsidiaries, is a financial guarantor and a provider of specialized financial
 services.
     H.J. Heinz Company options will open with position limits of 75,000
 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be TFM Investment Group.  H.J. Heinz Company manufactures and
 markets processed food products throughout the world.
     Tech Data Corporation options will open with position limits of
 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The
 specialist will be LaBranche & Co LLC.  Tech Data Corporation is a full-line
 distributor of technology products.
     Williams Communications Group, Inc. options will open with position limits
 of 75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle.
 The specialist will be Letco-Specialist L.P.  Williams Communications Group,
 Inc. owns and operated a nationwide fiber optic network focused on providing
 voice, data, Internet, and video services to communications service providers.
 
     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 HOLDRSsm, 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 www.amex.com.
 
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