Index, ETF option volumes near midday


Total option volume is light at 4.4 million contracts so far today, with mixed sentiment in the indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER's data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 596,000 options traded, with 333,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) has seen 181,000 turn over, with 100,000 puts. Next up are the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) options at 168,000, dominated by 131,000 calls.

The iShares Russell 2000 fund (IWM) has 143,000 contracts changing hands, with 114,000 puts. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options have traded 111,000 times, with 68,000 puts.

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