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Midday index, ETF option volumes

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume is relatively light this morning at just 4.6 million contracts, with the typical indexes and ETFs making up much of the activity, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) leads the way as usual, with 501,000 options and a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. Next up are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) options at 172,000 and a similar put to call ratio .

The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) follows at 132,000 options, dominated by 117,000 calls. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options just hit 100,000, with 65,000 puts. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has seen 94,000 contracts turn over, with 56,000 calls.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 84,000 contracts changing hands, with 47,000 calls. And the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 76,000 options traded, with 48,000 calls.

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