Total option volume remains steady at 5.6 million contracts so far today, while bearish sentiment again appears to be the theme in the major indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER data systems show.
Just shy of 1 million SPDR S&P 500 (:SPY) options have traded, with a put/call ratio of more than 4 to 1. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) has seen 175,000 contracts traded, with puts outpacing calls by 3 to 1. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) is next on the volume list with 143,000 options, 88,000 of which are puts.
The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 115,000 contracts changing hands, with calls slightly outpacing puts. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options have turned over 99,000 times, dominated by 70,000 puts.
Not far behind are the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) options at 96,000, led by 73,000 calls. Following closely is the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) with 83,000 contracts, with 68,000 puts.
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