Amex(R) to Trade Options on Sixteen Securities

  NEW YORK, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Stock Exchange(R) (Amex(R)) 
will launch trading in options on Thursday, May 17, 2001 on the following 
Nasdaq Stock Market and New York Stock Exchange listed stocks of:  


      * Activision, Inc. (Option Symbol: AQV; Nasdaq: ATVI) 
    * Autodesk, Inc.  (Option Symbol: ADQ; Nasdaq: ADSK) 
    * Bio-Technology General Corp.  (Option Symbol: QTG; Nasdaq: BTGC) 
    * Black Box Corporation  (Option Symbol: QBX; Nasdaq: BBOX) 
    * Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) 
    * Cor Therapeutics, Inc.  (Option Symbol: CHQ; Nasdaq: CORR) 
    * Forest Oil Corporation  (NYSE: FST) 
    * General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) 
    * Incyte Genomics, Inc. (Option Symbol: IPQ; Nasdaq: INCY) 
    * Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) 
    * Metro One Telecommunications, Inc. (Option Symbol: KQM; Nasdaq: MTON) 
    * Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE: SFD) 
    * Storage Technology Corporation  (NYSE: STK) 
    * Tollgrade Communications, Inc. (Option Symbol: TQK; Nasdaq: TLGD) 
    * Unocal Corporation  (NYSE: UCL) 
    * ViroPharma Incorporated (Option Symbol: HPU; Nasdaq: VPHM) 


  Activision, Inc. options will open with position limits of 
31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle. 
The specialist will be Wagner Stott Bear Specialist LLC. 
Activision, Inc. publishes, develops, and distributes interactive 
entertainment software.  
Autodesk, Inc. options will open with position limits of 60,000 contracts. 
The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The specialist will 
be Cohen, Duffy & McGowan.  Autodesk, Inc. supplies PC software and multimedia 
tools.  
Bio-Technology General Corp. options will open with position limits of 
31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle. 
The specialist will be Group One Trading L.P.  Bio-Technology General Corp. 
researches, develops, manufactures, and markets biopharmaceuticals products.  
Black Box Corporation options will open with position limits of 
22,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The 
specialist will be Charlton SLK.  Black Box Corporation provides technical 
network services and related products to businesses.  
Computer Sciences Corporation options will open with position limits of 
75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The 
specialist will be Letco-Specialists, L.P.  Computer Sciences Corporation 
provides consulting and information technology (IT) services to industry and 
government.  
Cor Therapeutics, Inc. options will open with position limits of 
75,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the January expiration cycle. 
The specialist will be Spear, Leeds & Kellogg.  Cor Therapeutics, Inc. 
discovers, develops, and commercializes pharmaceutical products for the 
treatment and prevention of severe cardiovascular diseases.  
Forest Oil Corporation options will open with position limits of 
22,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle. 
The specialist will be TFM Investment Group. Forest Oil Corporation is 
involved in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and 
marketing of natural gas and crude oil in North American and international 
locations.  
General Mills, Inc. 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.  General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets 
consumer food products.  
Incyte Genomics, Inc. will open with position limits of 75,000 contracts. 
The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The specialist will be 
Gateway Partners, LLC.  Incyte Genomics, Inc. provides a platform of genomic 
technologies designed to aid in the understanding of the molecular basis of 
disease.  
Massey Energy Company 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.  Massey Energy Company produces, processes, 
and sells bituminous, low sulphur coal of stream and metallurgical grades 
through its processing and shipping centers.  
Metro One Telecommunications, Inc. will open with position limits of 
22,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The 
specialist will be Wagner Stott Bear Specialist LLC. Metro One 
Telecommunications, Inc. develops and provides Enhanced Directory Assistance 
(EDA) for the telecommunications industry.  
Smithfield Foods, Inc. will open with position limits of 22,500 contracts. 
The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The specialist will 
be Highland Securities.  Smithfield Foods, Inc. processes pork and produces 
hogs through its meat processing and hog production groups.  
Storage Technology Corporation will open with position limits of 
31,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The 
specialist will be Eclipse J.V.  Storage Technology Corporation designs, 
manufactures, markets, and maintains information storage products, information 
storage services, and storage management software.  
Tollgrade Communications, Inc. will open with position limits of 
60,000 contracts.  The options will trade on the February expiration cycle. 
The specialist will be Wolverine Trading L.P.  Tollgrade Communications, Inc. 
designs, engineers, markets, and supports test access and test extension 
products for the telecommunications and cable access and test extension 
products for the telecommunications and cable television industries.  
Unocal Corporation will open with position limits of 75,000 contracts. 
The options will trade on the January expiration cycle.  The specialist will 
be Botta Capital Management, LLC.  Unocal Corporation is an oil and gas 
exploration and production company with operations in Asia and the United 
States.  
ViroPharma Incorporated will open with position limits of 
22,500 contracts.  The options will trade on the March expiration cycle.  The 
specialist will be Susquehanna Investment Group.  ViroPharma Incorporated is a 
pharmaceutical company committed to the commercialization, development, and 
discovery of new antiviral medicines.  
  The American Stock Exchange(R) (Amex(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 99 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.  
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SOURCE  The American Stock Exchange  
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/CONTACT:  Laura J. Orgon, 681-1700 ext. 200, for The American Stock 
Exchange/  
/Web site:  http://www.amex.com/  
(ATVI ADSK BTGC BBOX CSC CORR FST GIS INCY MEE MTON SFD STK TLGD UCL VPHM)  
CO:  American Stock Exchange; Activision, Inc.; Autodesk, Inc.; Bio-Technology  


     General Corp.; Black Box Corporation; Computer Sciences Corporation; Cor 
     Therapeutics, Inc.; Forest Oil Corporation; General Mills, Inc.; Incyte 
     Genomics, Inc.; Massey Energy Company; Metro One Telecommunications, 
     Inc.; Smithfield Foods, Inc.; Storage Technology Corporation; Tollgrade 


 Communications, Inc.; Unocal Corporation; ViroPharma Incorporated 
ST:  New York 
IN:  FIN 
SU:  PDT  
-0- May/16/2001 16:30 GMT
 
 
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