Options Trading News

January 4, 2013  Fri 10:21 AM CT

Total option volume is 5.55 million contracts so far today, led by trading in the major indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER's data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 754,000 contracts traded, with 473,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options have turned over 223,000 times, with 123,000 puts. Not far behind are the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options at 198,000, with 120,000 calls.

The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has seen 190,000 options change hands, led by 108,000 calls. The iShares Silver Fund (SLV) has 94,000 options traded, also with calls outpacing puts.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 86,000 options traded, evenly split between calls and puts. Just behind at 85,000 options is the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM), with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 80,000 options moving, with calls just outpacing puts.
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