Midday index, ETF option volumes


Total option volume has reached 5.3 million contracts so far today, with mixed action in the leading indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPX) has 573,000 options traded, dominated by 415,000 puts. Next up are the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options at 174,000, with 96,000 puts.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has just 91,000 contracts changing hands, with calls outnumbering puts by 2 to 1. Matching that volume is the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options, but with puts barely outpacing calls.

The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has just 80,000 options turning over, with calls eclipsing puts by 2 to 1. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 78,000 options traded, with 48,000 puts.

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