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Index, ETF option volumes near midday

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume is low as just 4.6 million contracts have traded so far, with mixed action in the major indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER's data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 680,000 options traded, with 381,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options have turned over 154,000 times, evenly split between calls and puts.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 141,000 contracts changing hands, with puts just outpacing calls. Just behind are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options at volume of 133,000, with a put/call ratio of better than 3 to 1.

The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) options have moved 88,000 times, puts slightly outpacing calls. And the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 49,000 options traded, with 28,000 puts.

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