Index, ETF option volumes near midday
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The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 921,000 options traded, led by 627,000 puts. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) follows with 193,000 contracts, though puts just outpace calls in that ETF.
The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options have turned over 160,000 times as 86,000 calls outpace puts in a rare occurrence here. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has total volume of 132,000, with 70,000 calls outnumbering puts. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options have changed hands 94,000 times, with 59,000 calls.
The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 93,000 contracts trading, with puts outpacing calls by more than 3 to 1. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) options total 71,000 contacts so far, including 44,000 calls. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has seen 50,000 options trade, with 34,000 calls.