Index, ETF option volumes near midday

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Total option volume is strong again today with almost 7 million options traded so far, dominated by the top indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER's data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 1.3 million contracts traded, led by 924,000 puts. The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has seen 656,000 options trade, with 454,000 calls.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 367,000 contracts changing hands, 295,000 of which are puts. More than 265,000 S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options have turned over, with 166,000 puts. Following are the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (:VXX) options at 223,000, with 123,000 calls.

The SPDR Financial Fund (:XLF) has traded 134,000 options, with 116,000 puts. And the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (:EEM) has 123,000 contracts moving, with a put/call ratio of 4 to 1. (See r

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