Total option volume is running slightly above average at 6.3 million contracts so far today, led by the usual indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.
Almost 1 million options have traded in the SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY), with 593,000 puts. Next up is the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) at 480,000 options as puts outnumber calls by 2 to 1.
The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 302,000 options moving, with 186,000 puts. Following is the PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) with volume of 271,000 as puts slightly eclipse calls. The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has seen 228,000 options turn over, with calls outnumbering puts by more than 3 to 1.
The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 179,000 contracts changing hands, with 104,000 puts. And the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 88,000 options traded, led by 63,000 puts.
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