Index, ETF option volumes near midday
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The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 676,000 options traded, with a put/call ratio of more than 2 to 1. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has 162,000 contracts changing hands, 127,000 of which are calls.
The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has seen 154,000 options turn over, also with a put/call ratio of better than 2 to 1. Just behind are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options at 145,000, though calls just outpace puts in that exchange-traded fund. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options have traded 138,000 times, also with puts outpacing calls by more than 2 to 1.
The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 64,000 contracts traded, with 46,000 calls. The SPDR Energy Fund (XLE) has a volume of 54,000, dominated by 50,000 puts. (See related story)