More than 6 million options have traded so far today, with individual names making up much of the action instead of the indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER data systems show.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) does take its usual spot at the top of the volume list as 760,000 options have changed hands, with 478,000 puts.
The PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) has seen 231,000 options turn over, with 135,000 puts. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 153,000 contracts traded, with puts outpacing calls by 5 to 1.
The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 135,000 contracts moving, with 75,000 calls. Just behind are the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options at 132,000, with a put/call ratio of just over 2 to 1.
The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 67,000 options traded, evenly split between calls and puts. And surprisingly the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has only 66,000 options traded, with puts slightly outpacing calls.
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