Total option volume tops 5.5 million contracts so far today as sentiment appears more cautious in the indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER's data systems.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 1 million options traded, led by 600,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options have traded 362,000 times, with 200,000 puts.
The SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) has seen 154,000 contracts change hands, with a put/call ratio of 4 to 1. Next up are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options at 114,000 as puts outpace calls there by 2 to 1.
The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) volume is just shy of 100,000 contracts, dominated by 73,000 calls. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options aren't far behind at 90,000, 53,000 of which are puts.
The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 75,000 contracts trading, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) has 58,000 options moving, with 41,000 calls.
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