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Midday index, ETF option volumes

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume is relatively light again today with just 4.9 million contracts traded so far, and again the indexes and ETFs are mostly taking a back seat to individual names, optionMONSTER data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 537,000 options traded, with puts slightly outpacing calls. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) is the next ETF on the list though fifth for total volume with 156,000 contracts, led by 117,000 puts. Just behind are the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) options at 155,000, with calls outpacing puts by more than 2 to 1.

The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) has seen 139,000 options trade, also with slightly more puts than calls. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) has 119,000 contracts turning over, split evenly between calls and puts. The iShares Japan Fund (EWJ) has 102,000 options changing hands, dominated by 101,000 puts.

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