Index, ETF option volumes near midday

Chris McKhann (
July 15, 2013

Total option volume is average so far today as 5.6 million contracts have changed hands, with bullish sentiment in the major indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 588,000 options traded, with 315,000 puts. Just behind are the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options at 446,000, with puts slightly outpacing calls. Next up are iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) contracts at 265,000, with 143,000 puts.

The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has seen 245,000 options move, with puts outpacing calls by more than 2 to 1. The iShares Japan Fund (:EWJ) has 166,000 options traded, with fewer than 500 puts. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 155,000 contracts changing hands, with 91,000 puts. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 126,000 options traded, with 76,000 puts. 

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