Options Trading News

September 17, 2012  Mon 10:28 AM CT

Total option volume just tops 5 million contracts so far today with mixed action in the indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER's data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 703,000 options traded, led by 390,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options follow at 225,000, including 136,000 calls.

The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 121,000 options changing hands, with 76,000 calls. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has seen 111,000 contracts move, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1.

The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 93,000 options turning over, split evenly between calls and puts. Just behind are the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options at 92,000, with 63,000 calls.

The SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) options follow closely with 88,000 and calls outpacing puts by 2 to 1. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 85,000 contracts trading, with 52,000 puts.
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