Total option volume is at 6 million contracts so far, with mixed sentiment in the major indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 502,000 contracts traded, with 295,000 puts. Next up are the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options at 331,000, with slightly more calls than puts.
The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 131,000 options changing hands, with 80,000 puts. Just behind are the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) options at 128,000, dominated by 103,000 puts. (See related story )
The PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) has 114,000 options traded, led by 72,000 puts. And the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 109,000 contracts moving, with 81,000 puts.
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