Just over 5 million options trade this morning, with little action in the Index and exchange-traded products.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 478,000 options traded, with 291,000 puts. Next up are the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures note (:VXX) options with 210,000, 183,000 of which are puts.
The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 112,000 contracts changing hands, with 71,000 puts. Following are the options of the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) with 106,000, with a put-to-call ratio of almost 2-to-1.
The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) again sees lighter than usual volume with 90,000, including 57,000 calls. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) has 75,000 contracts, with puts outpacing calls better than 2-1.
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