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Midday index, ETF option volumes

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume is relatively light so far at 5.1 million contracts, with mixed action in the indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 (:SPY) has seen 823,000 options turn over, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. Next up is the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) at 230,000, with 146,000 calls.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 156,000 contracts changing hands, with puts outpacing calls by 5 to 1. Not far behind are the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options at 140,000 with a 2-to-1 put/call ratio. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 122,000 options traded, with 72,000 puts.

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