Total option volume is running about average at 5.3 million so far today, with mixed action in the big indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 472,000 options traded, with slightly more puts than calls. Next up is the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) at 370,000 as puts eclipse calls by 2 to 1.
The PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) has 145,000 contracts changing hands, with puts outpacing calls almost by 2 to 1. Just behind is the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) at 140,000 options, with 75,000 puts.
The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) just tops 100,000 options, with 60,000 calls. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 69,000 contracts moving, led by 39,000 calls.
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