Index, ETF option volumes near midday
Chris McKhann | firstname.lastname@example.org
Overall option volume is relatively light at 5.5 million contracts so far today with mixed sentiment in major indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 778,000 options traded, with 481,000 puts. Next up are the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options at 362,000, with calls outpacing puts almost 7 to 1.
The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options have turned over 250,000 times, evenly split between calls and puts. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 198,000 contracts changing hands, with a put/call ratio of 6 to 1.
The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 155,000 traded, led by 93,000 puts. Following are iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) options at 130,000, with 70,000 calls. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has seen 105,000 trade, with calls slightly outpacing puts.
Emerging markets face bearish play
January 22, 2015
The iShares Emerging Markets Fund is at its highest level in nearly two months, but a huge trade is positioning for a potential pullback.
Big call selling hits emerging markets
January 14, 2015
A large investor is selling calls in the iShares Emerging Markets Fund, apparently seeing little upside potential in coming weeks.
Midday index, ETF option volumes
January 12, 2015
Total option volume is running right around average at 5.5 million so far today, with mixed sentiment in the primary indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.