Index, ETF option volumes near midday

Chris McKhann (
August 9, 2013

Total option volume is just over 5.3 million contracts so far today, with major indexes and ETFs making up most of that action, optionMONSTER data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has seen 846,000 trade, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. Next up are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options at 195,000, dominated by 165,000 puts.

The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) has 169,000 contracts changing hands, with puts outpacing calls by more than 2 to 1. Not far behind are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options at 153,000, led by 94,000 puts.

Option volume in the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) and the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) both just top 100,000 contracts, and both have about 65,000 calls.

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