Options Trading News

June 4, 2013  Tue 10:23 AM CT

Total option volume is light with just 4.6 million contracts changing hands so far today as the typical indexes and ETFs top the list, optionMONSTER data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has just 559,000 options traded, led by 347,000 puts. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 188,000 contracts turning over with a put/call ratio of 5 to 1. Just behind are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options at 177,000, with 104,000 calls. Following are the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options at 171,000, with calls barely outpacing puts.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX) has seen 154,000 contracts change hands, with 97,000 puts. The Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Fund (IYR) has 116,000 contracts traded, 109,000 of which are puts. And the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 90,000 options traded, with calls slightly outnumbering puts.
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