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Index, ETF option volumes near midday

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume has picked up at 5.6 million contracts so far today, with relatively bearish sentiment in the indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER's data systems.

More than 1.2 million options have traded in the SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY), with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. Next up are the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options at 302,000, with the same ratio.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options have traded 240,000 times, led by 191,000 puts. The iPath S&P 500 Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 196,000 options changing hands, with 105,000 calls. Just behind are the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) at 193,000,  with 112,000 calls.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) has 167,000 contracts traded, with 96,000 puts. The SPDR Financial Fund (:XLF) has seen 107,000 options trade, also with a 2-to-1 put/call ratio. And after that come the SPDR Gold Shares Fund (:GLD) options at 63,000, including 35,000 calls. 

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