Total option volume is strong at 6.3 million contracts so far today, with mixed sentiment in the big indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 777,000 options traded, with 478,000 puts. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has seen 412,000 options turn over, led by 268,000 calls.
Next up is the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) with volume of 292,000 and a put/call ratio of almost 3 to 1. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) has 182,000 contracts changing hands, with a put/call ratio of about 2 to 1.
The CBOE Volatility index (:VIX) has 148,000 options traded as calls outpace puts by 2 to 1. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has just shy of 100,000 contracts moving, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 89,000 options traded, dominated by 68,000 calls.
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