Midday index, ETF option volumes
Chris McKhann | firstname.lastname@example.org
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) does take its usual spot at the top of the volume list as 760,000 options have changed hands, with 478,000 puts.
The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has seen 231,000 options turn over, with 135,000 puts. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 153,000 contracts traded, with puts outpacing calls by 5 to 1.
The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 135,000 contracts moving, with 75,000 calls. Just behind are the S&P 500 Index (SPX) options at 132,000, with a put/call ratio of just over 2 to 1.
The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 67,000 options traded, evenly split between calls and puts. And surprisingly the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has only 66,000 options traded, with puts slightly outpacing calls.