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Index, ETF option volumes near midday

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total options volume is relatively light again at 5.2 million contracts, with hedging the dominant theme in the indexes and exchange-traded products.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 780,000 options traded, including 496,000 puts. Next up are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options with 225,000, and a put/call ratio of almost 3-1. Not far behind are the options of The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) with 201,000, 175,000 of which are calls.

The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options trade 162,000 times, evenly split between calls and puts. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) has 94,000 contracts changing hands, with 58,000 puts.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures Note (:VXX) has 74,000 options traded and calls outpacing puts 2-1. The SPDR Financial Fund (:XLF) sees 66,000 turning over, 62,000 of which are puts.

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