Index, ETF option volumes near midday
Chris McKhann | firstname.lastname@example.org
The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 169,000 contracts changing hands, with a put/call ratio of more than 2 to 1. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has seen 137,000 contracts turn over, with 72,000 puts.
Just behind are the SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) options at 136,000, though in that ETF calls are outpacing puts by more than 2 to 1. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) also has 136,000 contracts trading, 79,000 of which are calls.
The iShares China 25 Index (FXI) has 107,000 options traded, with a put/call ratio of more than 4 to 1. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 88,000 contracts changing hands, with 58,000 puts. And the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) has 79,000 contracts moving, with 51,000 calls.