Midday index, ETF option volumes


Total option volume is running above average at 6.5 million contracts so far today, with major indexes and ETFs dominating the trade, according to optionMONSTER systems.

Just over 1 million options have traded in the SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY), with 644,000 puts. Next up is the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) at 355,000 options, with a put/call  ratio topping 2 to 1.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) has 247,000 contracts changing hands, with 151,000 puts. Following is the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) at 193,000 options as puts outpace calls by almost 3 to 1.

The SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) has 136,000 options traded, with calls outnumbering puts by 2 to 1. The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has 107,000 options moving, with 66,000 calls. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) ha 88,000, with calls slightly outpacing puts.

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