Total option volume just tops 5.3 million contracts so far today, with the typical indexes and ETFs, leading the action, according to optionMONSTER data systems.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 667,000 options traded, with slightly more puts than calls. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options have turned over 185,000 times, with 101,000 puts.
Next up are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) contracts at 150,000, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has 129,000 options changing hands, with 72,000 calls.
The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 102,000 options traded, 63,000 of which are puts. Just behind are the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (:VXX) options at 101,000, evenly split between calls and puts.
The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has seen 73,000 contracts trade, with 44,000 puts. And the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 63,000 options moving, evenly split between calls and puts.
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