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September 17, 2013  Tue 10:28 AM CT

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Total option volume just tops 5.2 million contracts so far today, with relatively bullish sentiment in the indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 519,000 options traded, evenly split between calls and puts, which is very unusual. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is next on the volume list at 301,000, with calls outpacing puts by 2 to 1.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX) has seen 192,000 options turn over, with 114,000 puts. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 134,000 contracts changing hands, with calls slightly outpacing puts--also quite unusual.

The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 112,000 options traded, with slightly more puts than calls. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 96,000 options traded, with 57,000 puts. 
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