Midday index, ETF option volumes


Total option volume is about average at 5.2 million contracts so far today, with mixed sentiment in the major indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 702,000 options traded, with a put/call ratio just shy of 2 to 1. Next up is the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) with 362,000 contracts and a put/call ratio topping 3 to 1. Following is the PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) at 296,000 options, with 160,000 puts.

The iShares China Fund (FXI) has 233,000 options changing hands, led by 198,000 calls. Close behind is the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) at 199,000, with calls outpacing puts by more than 4 to 1. Just after that is the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) at 177,000, with puts outnumbering calls by 2 to 1.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 56,000 options traded, with calls outpacing puts by 2 to 1. And the SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) has seen 52,000 contracts turn over, with 38,000 puts.

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