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Index, ETF option volumes near midday

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume tops 5.7 million contracts so far today with the typical indexes and ETFs leading the way, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 807,000 options traded, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. Next up is the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) with 241,000 contracts as calls outpace puts by 2 to 1.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) has 155,000 options turning over, with 87,000 puts. Following are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) options at 140,000, with puts slightly outnumbering calls.

The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) has seen 141,000 trade, also with slightly more puts than calls. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 105,000 options changing hands, with calls just outpacing puts. Just behind are the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (:VXX) at 105,000, with 64,000 puts.

The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 103,000 options traded, with a put/call ratio of more than 2 to 1. And the iShares Silver Fund (SLV) has 92,000 contracts moving, led by 68,000 calls.

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