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September 21, 2012  Fri 10:20 AM CT

Total option volume tops 6 million contracts so far today as commodities climb in the indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER's data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 885,000 options traded, with 496,000 puts. Next up are the S&P 500 Index (SPX) options at 209,000, 126,000 of which are puts. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 191,000 contracts changing hands, with 110,000 puts.

The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) follow with 191,000 options, though 113,000 of them are calls. The iShares Silver Fund (SLV) has seen 140,000 contracts trade, with calls outpacing puts by more than 2 to 1.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 114,000 options turning over, with a put/call ratio of almost 2 to 1. The iShares FTSE China 25 Index (FXI) options have traded 105,000 times, with calls and puts split evenly. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) follows closely with volume of 104,000, led by 75,000 calls.
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