Index, ETF option volumes near midday


Total option volume is fairly average at 5.7 million contracts considering today's market concerns, with the typical indexes and ETFs dominating the action, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 950,000 options traded, with puts outpacing calls by more than 2 to 1. Next up are the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) options at 247,000, led by 151,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options have turned over 198,000 times, with a put/call ratio of a little more than 2 to 1.

Just behind are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options at 193,000, dominated by 165,000 puts. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 155,000 contracts changing hands, with 116,000 puts.

Next up are the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (:VXX) options at 95,000, with calls outpacing puts by 2 to 1. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (:GLD) has 80,000 options traded, with 46,000 calls.

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