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Index, ETF option volumes near midday

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume is light again today at 4.9 million contracts so far, with mixed sentiment in the major indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER's data systems.

Just shy of 800,000 options have traded in the SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY), including 492,000 puts. Next up are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options at 176,000, though it has a put/call ratio of almost 5 to 1. Just behind are the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) contracts at 175,000 and the exact opposite ratio.

The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options have turned over 150,000 times, led by 107,000 puts. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (:VXX) has 111,000 options changing hands, with slightly more calls than puts. (See related story )

Following closely are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) at 110,000, with slightly more puts than calls. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (:GLD) has 93,000 options moving, with puts just outpacing calls. 

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