Options Trading News

May 24, 2013  Fri 10:27 AM CT

Total option volume is just over 6.1 million contracts so far today, with the typical indexes and ETFs leading the action, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

More than 1.3 million options have traded in the SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY), with 758,000 puts. Next up are the S&P 500 Index options at 340,000 and a put/call ratio of more than 2 to 1.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has seen 314,000 contracts turn over, with a put/call ratio topping 5 to 1. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 270,000 options traded as 262,000 puts dominate that volume. (See related story)

Following closely are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options at 256,000, with puts slightly outpacing calls. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has 152,000 options traded, with 93,000 calls. Just behind are the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) contracts at 150,000, with puts just outnumbering calls.
Share this article with your friends

Invest Like a Monster - San Antonio: October 9-10


The fastest money in the market
View full report »

Premium Services

Archived Webinar

Education & Strategy

The covered call and unhedged risk

I have written a few things on the Covered Call Strategy over the last two weeks. Please understand that those two previous articles plus this one do not constitute a proper, fully in-depth lesson on the Covered Call Strategy like we have in our classes at Option Monster Education. I have picked out a few topics that I believe were worth noting and today I am going to add the final one.

View more education articles »