Total option volume is closing in on 4.7 million contracts as the indexes and ETFs see relatively light volume, optionMONSTER's data systems show.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 618,000 options traded, with 348,000 puts. The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) is next on the top-volume list with just 128,000 contracts as calls outpace puts by 2 to 1. Just behind are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options with 127,000 and a put/call ratio of 2 to 1.
The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options have turned over 112,000 times, with a similar put/call ratio. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (IWM) follows with 111,000 contracts, led by 70,000 puts.
The iShares FTSE China 25 Index Fund (FXI) has seen 99,000 options change hands, dominated by 70,000 calls. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 63,000 options traded, with 35,000 calls.
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