Index, ETF option volumes near midday
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The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 1 million options traded, 628,000 of which are puts. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) is next with 312,000 contracts changing hands in a put/call ratio of 2 to 1.
The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options have turned over 243,000 times, with 150,000 puts. Following are the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) options, which total 207,000 with puts outpacing calls by more than 2 to 1.
The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has seen 192,000 contracts trade, almost exactly split between calls and puts. Just behind are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options at 179,000, of which 96,000 are calls.
The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has traded 123,000 options as calls outnumber puts by almost 3 to 1.
The SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) has had 92,000 options change hands. And just behind are 91,000 contracts in the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX).