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Index, ETF option volumes near midday

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume is 5.4 million contracts so far today, with mixed activity in the major indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 518,000 contracts traded, with 303,000 puts. The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has seen 201,000 turn over, led by 160,000 calls.

The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options have traded 140,000 times, with 77,000 puts. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 129,000 contracts change hands, with a put/call ratio topping 2 to 1. Close behind is the iShares Real Estate Fund (IYR) with volume of 128,000, dominated by 116,000 puts.

Just behind is the PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) at 121,000 contracts, with calls slightly outpacing puts. The SPDR Utilities Fund (XLU) has 87,000 options traded, with 62,000 puts. And the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) has 86,000 contracts moving, with 52,000 puts.

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