Options Trading News

April 9, 2014  Wed 10:16 AM CT

Total option volume is light at 4.8 million so far today with some interesting bullish action in major indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) takes it usual place at the top of the volume list with 654,000 contracts, led by 490,000 puts. Next up is the iShares Japan Fund at 503,000, with fewer than 1,000 puts.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 213,000 contracts changing hands in a put/call ratio of 3 to 1. Just behind is the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) at 211,000 options as calls slightly outnumber puts.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX) has 163,000 options traded, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. Following is the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) with 89,000 contracts, dominated by 70,000 calls.

The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has seen 75,000 options turn over, led by 56,000 puts. And the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 54,000 options moving as puts slightly eclipse calls.
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