Index, ETF option volumes near midday
Chris McKhann | firstname.lastname@example.org
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has seen 925,000 contracts change hands, with 550,000 puts traded. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options total 254,000, evenly split between calls and puts.
The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options have turned over 218,000 times, with puts slightly outpacing calls. Just behind are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options at 205,000, with a similar number of puts.
The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 151,000 contracts traded as calls outnumber puts. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options have traded 145,000 times, dominated by 130,000 calls.
The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 85,000 options changing hands, with slightly more calls than puts. And the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Fund (VXX) options total 83,000, with 46,000 puts.