Midday index, ETF option volumes


Total option volume is light again at 4.6 million contracts so far today, with action led by the big indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 606,000 options traded as puts slightly outpace calls. Next up is the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) with just 191,000 contracts and a put/call ratio of almost 3 to 1. Just behind is the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) at 187,000 options, with 102,000 calls.

The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has 177,000 contracts changing hands, led by 139,000 calls. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 127,000 options traded, dominated by 93,000 puts.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has seen 106,000 contracts turn over, with a put/call ratio topping 2 to 1.

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