Total option volume has picked up but is still on the light side so far today, especially in the indexes and ETFs given the market action, according to optionMONSTER's data systems.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 695,000 options traded, with a put/call ratio of less than 2 to 1. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 195,000 contracts changing hands, with 113,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options have a put/call ratio of just over 2 to 1 in a total of 189,000 contracts.
The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) sees 150,000 options turn over, 109,000 of which are puts. The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has 139,000 contracts traded, with 118,000 calls.
The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 105,000 options changing hands, with calls slightly outpacing puts. The SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) has 79,000 contracts trading, with a put/call ratio of just over 3 to 1.
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