Total option volume is just over 6.1 million contracts so far today, with the typical indexes and ETFs leading the action, according to optionMONSTER data systems.
More than 1.3 million options have traded in the SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY), with 758,000 puts. Next up are the S&P 500 Index options at 340,000 and a put/call ratio of more than 2 to 1.
The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has seen 314,000 contracts turn over, with a put/call ratio topping 5 to 1. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 270,000 options traded as 262,000 puts dominate that volume. (See related story )
Following closely are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options at 256,000, with puts slightly outpacing calls. The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has 152,000 options traded, with 93,000 calls. Just behind are the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (:VXX) contracts at 150,000, with puts just outnumbering calls.
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