Index, ETF option volumes near midday


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Total option volume has picked up today as 5.6 million contracts have changed hands so far, with mixed action in the indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER's data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 664,000 contracts traded, with 432,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options have turned over 198,000 contracts, 110,000 of which are puts. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), which itself is derived from the SPX options, has volume of 178,000 contracts led by 99,000 calls.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 126,000 options moving, with 71,000 puts. The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT) has 104,000 contracts changing hands, with 92,000 puts. And the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 87,000 option, with 53,000 puts.

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