Options Trading News

April 19, 2013  Fri 10:16 AM CT

Total option volume has just topped 7 million contracts today, with mixed action in the top indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

More than 1.4 million SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) options have traded, led by 926,000 puts. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has seen 273,000 contracts change hands, with 173,000 puts. Next up are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options at 224,000, with 120,000 calls.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) continues to see rising volume, this morning at 200,000, with 126,000 puts. Following are the S&P 500 Index (SPX) options with 182,000 options and a put/call ratio approaching 2 to 1.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has 102,000 options traded, with 60,000 calls. The SPDR Financial Fund is next with 76,000 as calls slightly outpace puts. And just behind are the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) options at 74,000, with 40,000 puts.
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