Index, ETF option volumes near midday

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More than 6.7 million options have traded so far today, as hedging appears to be leading the action in major indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 1 million options traded, with puts outpacing calls by 2 to 1. Next up are the SPDR Financial Funds (XLF) options at 413,000, almost all of the volume in 403,000 puts.

The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 303,000 contracts changing hands, with 183,000 puts. Following are the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options at 283,000, led by 173,000 puts.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) sees 235,000 contracts traded, with puts outpacing calls by almost 4 to 1. The iShares Silver Fund (SLV) has 162,000 contracts turnin over, with 93,000 puts. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) has 145,000 options traded, 81,000 of which are puts.

The iShares iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note has 115,000 options traded, with puts just outpacing calls. And the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) options are next at 114,000, with 69,000 calls.



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