Total option volume is heavy as more than 9 million contracts have traded so far today, with major indexes and ETFs leading the way, according to optionMONSTER data systems.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 2 million options traded, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. Next up are the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) options at 415,000 as puts just outpace calls. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 382,000 contracts changing hands, with 221,000 puts.
Just behind are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) with 375,000 options, led by 276,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) has seen 356,000 contracts trade, with 223,000 puts.
The PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) has 233,000 options moving as puts slightly outnumber calls. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has volume of 152,000, evenly split between calls and puts. Following closely is the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) with 140,000 options, with puts outpacing calls by 3 to 1.
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