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Index, ETF option volumes near midday

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume is strong at more than 6.8 million contracts so far today, with typical names topping action in the major indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 1.1 million options traded, led by 701,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) has seen 254,000 contracts trade, with a put/call ratio of 3 to 1. Next up are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options at 197,000, with puts slightly outpacing calls.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 169,000 contracts changing hands, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. Following are the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) options at 140,000, with 87,000 calls.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) has 119,000 options traded, with 71,000 puts. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 67,000 turning over, with puts just outpacing calls. 

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