Index, ETF option volumes near midday

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Total option volume is light at just 4.5 million contracts so far, with some odd action in the indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER's data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) leads the action as usual at 527,000 contracts, with a put/call ratio of just under 2 to 1. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options has just 145,000 contracts changing hands, though it is seeing an unusually even split between calls and puts.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) is next on the volume list with 130,000 contracts and a put/call ratio of 3 to 1. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 97,000 options trading, with 58,000 calls.

The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has seen 83,000 options turn over, though puts surprisingly outpace calls. Next up are the iShares China 25 Index (FXI) contracts at  62,000, led by 39,000 puts.

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