Index, ETF option volumes near midday
Chris McKhann | email@example.com
Option volume has just picked up to 5.6 million contracts, with bearish sentiment in major indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.
More than 1 million options have traded in the SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. Next up is the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) at 231,000 contracts with 168,000 puts. Just behind at 230,000 contracts are the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options with 122,000 calls.
The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 161,000 contracts changing hands, 98,000 of which are puts. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 148,000 options traded, with 87,000 calls.
The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has seen 128,000 options turn over, with puts outpacing calls by 3 to 1. And the SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 66,000 options traded, with 37,000 calls.
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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.