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Midday index, ETF option volumes

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume is huge with more than 10 million contracts already traded as the sentiment is mostly bullish in indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

More than 1.3 million options have traded in the SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY), with 737,000 puts. Next up are the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) options at 773,000, led by 598,000 calls.

The S&P 500 Index (:SPX) has seen 471,000 options turn over, with 242,000 calls. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) with 275,000, and it too has more calls than puts, though just slightly.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) has 247,000 contracts changing hands, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. Close behind are the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) options at 234,000, also with calls slightly outpacing puts.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 220,000 options moving, with slightly more calls. And the SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) has 90,000 contracts, dominated by 72,000 calls. 

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