Options Trading News

September 18, 2012  Tue 10:19 AM CT

Total option volume is at 4.8 million contracts so far today, with the typical names topping the action in the indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER's data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 577,000 options traded, with 311,000 puts. Next up are the S&P 500 Index (SPX) contracts at 397,000, 262,000 of which are puts. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), which is derived from those SPX options, has 154,000 of its own contracts traded, with 93,000 calls.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 126,000 options changing hands, with 75,000 puts. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has seen 109,000 contracts change hands, with 62,000 calls.

The iShares Silver Fund (SLV) has 86,000 options turning over, with calls outpacing puts by 2 to 1. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) has 63,000 traded, with 33,000 puts.
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