Options Trading News

December 11, 2012  Tue 10:26 AM CT

Total option volume is at 5.7 million contracts so far today, with relatively bullish sentiment in the indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER's data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 1 million options traded as puts are slightly higher than calls. Next up are the S&P 500 Index (SPX) options at 242,000, with puts also just outpacing calls.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 184,000 contracts changing hands, with a put/call ratio of more than 2 to 1. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has 135,000 contracts trading, with calls slightly outnumbering puts. Not far behind are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options at 122,000, evenly split between calls and puts.
The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) options are next up at 82,000, dominated by 71,000 calls. The SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) has 58,000 options traded, led by 33,000 puts.
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