Options Trading News

December 14, 2012  Fri 10:19 AM CT

Option volume remains relatively slow at just 4.4 million contracts so far today while relatively bullish sentiment continues in major indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER's data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 542,000 contracts traded, while the S&P 500 Index (SPX) options have turned over 209,000 times. Both see puts barely outpacing calls.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has seen 184,00 options changing hands, with calls outnumbering puts by 2 to 1. Just behind are the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options at 180,000, led by 126,000 calls.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has volume of 70,000 contracts, with 46,000 puts. The iShares Silver Fund (SLV) has 46,000 options traded, with 29,000 calls.
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