Options Trading News

July 1, 2013  Mon 10:34 AM CT

Total option volume tops 5.2 million contracts so far today, with bearish sentiment still showing in indexes and ETFs despite today's rally, according to optionMONSTER data services.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 678,000 options traded, with 432,000 puts. Next up are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options at 218,000, with 128,000 puts. Not far behind is the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) with volume of 207,000 and a put/call ratio of more than 2 to 1.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX) have traded 190,000 times, also with a 2-to-1 put/call ratio. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has seen 154,000 options turn over, with 85,000 calls. The SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) has 145,000 contracts changing hands, led by 126,000 puts.

The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 133,000 contracts changing hands, with 82,000 calls. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 126,000 options traded, with 67,000 calls.
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