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Index, ETF option volumes near midday

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume is average so far today as 5.6 million contracts have changed hands, with bullish sentiment in the major indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 588,000 options traded, with 315,000 puts. Just behind are the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options at 446,000, with puts slightly outpacing calls. Next up are iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) contracts at 265,000, with 143,000 puts.

The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has seen 245,000 options move, with puts outpacing calls by more than 2 to 1. The iShares Japan Fund (:EWJ) has 166,000 options traded, with fewer than 500 puts. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 155,000 contracts changing hands, with 91,000 puts. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 126,000 options traded, with 76,000 puts. 

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