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Index, ETF option volumes near midday

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume tops 6.3 million contracts so far today with strong bullish sentiment in the indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER's data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 881,000 options traded, and in a rare occurrence has as many calls as puts. Next up are the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) options with volume of 280,000, also evenly split between calls and puts. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) contracts follow at 192,000 with puts just barely outpacing calls.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 160,000 options traded, led by 99,000 puts. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has seen 138,000 contracts change hands, 80,000 of which are calls. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) options have turned over 90,000 times, with 50,000 puts.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) has 80,000 options traded with 45,000 puts. The SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) and the SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) each has 65,000 options moving, with more calls than puts.

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