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Midday index, ETF option volumes

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume is running right around average at 5.2 million so far today, with mixed action in the big indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 650,000 options trading in a put/call ratio of roughly 2 to 1. Next up is the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) at 300,000 contracts, with slightly more puts than calls. Following is the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) with volume of 213,000 as puts outpace calls by 2 to 1.

The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has 200,000 contracts moving, with 118,000 calls. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) has seen 150,000 options turn over, led by 95,000 puts.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 125,000 options traded, with 66,000 calls. And the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 71,000 contracts changing hands, with 45,000 puts. 

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