Options Trading News

January 7, 2013  Mon 10:35 AM CT

Total option volume is closing in on 6 million contracts as bullish sentiment is still evident in most of the top indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER's data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 450,000 options traded, with 250,000 puts. Next up are the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options at 332,000, with calls slightly outpacing puts. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options aren't far behind at 287,000, with 166,000 puts.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 126,000 contracts changing hands, 70,000 of which are calls. The iShares Silver Fund (SLV) sees 113,000 trade, with 83,000 calls.

Just over 97,000 of the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) options are moving, with calls outpacing puts by 2 to 1. Following are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options at 86,000, led by 55,000 puts.

The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) is just behind at 85,000, with puts outnumbering calls. And the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 68,000 options traded, led by 41,000 puts. 

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