Index, ETF option volumes near midday
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Total option volume is strong again at 7.5 million contracts so far today, with the big indexes and ETFs dominating the action, optionMONSTER's data systems show.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund has 1.3 million options traded, with puts outpacing calls by almost 2 to 1. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) has seen 280,000 contracts trade, with puts slightly outpacing calls. Just behind are the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options at 279,000, with slightly more calls than puts.
The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 243,000 contracts changing hands, with 170,000 puts. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options have turned over 183,000 times, with 112,000 puts. Following are the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) options at 151,000, 83,000 of which are calls.
The SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) has 109,000 traded, with 68,000 puts. Just behind are the iShares Silver Fund (SLV) options at 108,000, 62,000 of which are puts.
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