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Index, ETF option volumes near midday

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume is 5.7 million contracts, with mixed action in the typical indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 700,000 options traded, with 425,000 puts. Next up are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options with 276,000 as calls outpace puts by more than 4 to 1.

The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) contracts have changed hands 225,000 times, with 148,000 puts. Following are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options at 206,000, with 129,000 puts.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (:VXX) has seen 193,000 options trade, with 111,000 puts. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 187,000, led by 117,000 puts.

The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) options again trail those of the VXX, with volume of 88,000 as calls outpace puts by better than 2 to 1.

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