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Midday index, ETF option volumes

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume is very light at just 4 million so far, led by the usual indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 530,000 contracts traded, with 343,000 puts. Next up is the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) at 247,000 options, with 135,000 puts.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 171,000 contracts changing hands as puts outpace calls by more than 3 to 1. Fourth in volume is the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) at just 98,000 options and a put/call ratio of 2 to 1.

The CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) has 80,000 options traded, with 44,000 calls. Just behind is the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) at 75,000 contracts, with 44,000 puts. 

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