Midday index, ETF option volumes


Total option volume just tops 5.8 million contracts so far today, with mixed action in the major indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.
Just shy of 1 million options have turned over in the SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY), with 572,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options have traded 195,000 times, with 106,000 puts. Next up are the options of the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) at 176,000, with puts outpacing calls by 3 to 1.

The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 155,000 options traded, with 87,000 calls. Following is the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) with 142,000 options, 117,000 of which are calls.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) has 130,000 contracts changing hands, with puts outpacing calls by 2 to 1. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 109,000 options moving, with 67,000 calls. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 89,000 options traded, led by 64,000 calls.

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