Index, ETF option volumes near midday

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Total option volume just tops 5 million so far today as bullish sentiment is apparent across many indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER's data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 643,000 options traded, and in a rare occurrence calls outpace puts with 33,000 of the former. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) option volume is not far behind at 486,000 with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1 as the September VIX futures settle this morning. The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) options have changed hands 156,000 times, with calls outpacing puts by 4 to 1.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 132,000 options trading, with 76,000 calls. Not far behind are the SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) contracts at 124,000 as calls outnumber puts by 5 to 1.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has seen 98,000 options trade, dominated by 76,000 puts. The U.S. Oil Fund (USO) has 85,000 contracts turning over, with puts slightly outpacing calls.

Just behind are the options in the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) at 82,000, which also has calls outpacing puts by 4 to 1. The iShares Silver Fund (SLV) has 76,000 options traded, led by 50,000 calls.

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