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Midday index, ETF option volumes

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume remains strong today as 6.2 million contracts have traded so far, with mixed action in the leading indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 710,000 options traded, with 425,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) has seen 202,000 options turn over, with 120,000 puts.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 178,000 contracts changing hands, with puts outpacing calls by more than 3 to 1. Not far behind are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) options at 166,000, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1.

The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) options have traded 108,000 times, with 67,000 calls. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has volume of 98,000, led by 60,000 calls. The iShares China Fund (FXI) has 90,000 options moving, with 65,000 puts.

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