Options Trading News

December 13, 2013  Fri 10:17 AM CT

Total option volume is closing in on 5 million contracts near midday trading, with mixed sentiment in the top indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

More than 700,000 SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) options have traded so far, with 406,000 puts. Next up are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) contracts at 243,000, with the unusual occurrence of calls outpacing puts by 2 to 1. Just behind are the S&P 500 Index (SPX) options at 226,000, wth 158,000 puts.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options has seen 115,000 options turn over, evenly split between calls and puts. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 86,000 options traded, with 51,000 puts.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 82,000 contracts changing hands, with 49,000 calls. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 77,000 options moving, with calls outnumbering puts by 4 to 1. 
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