Options Trading News

August 30, 2012  Thu 10:28 AM CT

Options volume has gained from extremely slow levels earlier this week, and stands above 5 million less than two hours into the session.

The typical Index and exchange-traded products lead the action. The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 899,000 options traded, with 514,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options have 196,000 traded, including 121,000 puts. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) follows with 168,000, 106,000 of which are puts. Just behind are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) with 165,000, and a put-to-call ratio topping 2-1.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has 141,000 contracts changing hands, with 82,000 calls. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 77,000, also with calls outpacing puts. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures Note (VXX) follows closely with 74,000, and also sees calls outpacing puts more than 2-1.
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