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Midday index, ETF option volumes

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume is about average at 5.2 million contracts so far today, with mixed sentiment in the major indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 702,000 options traded, with a put/call ratio just shy of 2 to 1. Next up is the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) with 362,000 contracts and a put/call ratio topping 3 to 1. Following is the PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) at 296,000 options, with 160,000 puts.

The iShares China Fund (FXI) has 233,000 options changing hands, led by 198,000 calls. Close behind is the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX) at 199,000, with calls outpacing puts by more than 4 to 1. Just after that is the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) at 177,000, with puts outnumbering calls by 2 to 1.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 56,000 options traded, with calls outpacing puts by 2 to 1. And the SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) has seen 52,000 contracts turn over, with 38,000 puts.

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