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Index, ETF option volumes near midday

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume is relatively light again today at 4.7 million so far, with the typical indexes and ETFs dominating the action on optionMONSTER's data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 688,000 contracts traded, with 407,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options has seen 235,000 turn over, 150,000 of which are puts. The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX), which is derived from the SPX options, has 207,000 of its own contracts trading with 147,000 calls.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) has 177,000 contracts changing hands, with puts slightly outnumbering calls. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 124,000 options turning over, with 67,000 puts. And the PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) has 110,000 options traded, with calls just outpacing puts.


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