Index, ETF option volumes near midday


Total option volume tops 6.2 million contracts as it picks up from yesterday's sluggish action, dominated by the typical indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 816,000 options traded, with a put/call ratio of almost 2 to 1. Next up are the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) options at 390,000, dominated by 310,000 calls. Not far behind is the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) with volume of 350,000 and a put/call ratio of 2 to 1.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 242,000 contracts changing hands, led by 191,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) has seen 191,000 options turn over, with 122,000 puts. Close behind are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) options at 180,000, with 113,000 puts.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (:VXX) has 132,000 contracts traded, with calls slightly outpacing puts. And the iShares Silver Fund (SLV) has 75,000 options traded, with calls outnumbering puts by 2 to 1. 

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