Index, ETF option volumes near midday
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Total option volume is relatively light at 5.4 million contracts so far, with the typical indexes and ETFs making up most of today's action, according to optionMONSTER data systems.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 809,000 contracts traded, with 468,000 puts. Next up are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options at 236,000, with puts just outpacing calls. Just behind are the S&P 500 Index (SPX) options with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1.
The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 141,000 contracts changing hands, with 97,000 puts. The SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) has 113,000 options traded, dominated by 108,000 calls. Following closely are the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) options with 109,000 options as puts slightly outnumber calls.
The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 89,000 options traded, with 50,000 calls. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options see light volume this morning with just 80,000 contracts traded, a day after its major outage.
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