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October 3, 2012  Wed 10:24 AM CT

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Total option volume remains low today at 4.1 million so far, with mixed action in the indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER's data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 605,000 contracts traded, led by 386,000 puts. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has seen 130,000 contracts change hands, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) follows with 110,000 contracts, though 67,000 of those are calls. Just behind are the S&P 500 Index (SPX) options at 108,000, dominated by 78,000 puts.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has 75,000 options turning over, with just slightly more calls than puts. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) is next with 63,000 as calls outpace puts by more than 3 to 1. The U.S. Oil Fund (USO) has 67,000 options traded, with calls just outnumbering puts.
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