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December 7, 2012  Fri 10:27 AM CT

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Total option volume remains steady with a bit more than 5 million contracts so far today, as sentiment is quite bullish in the top indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER's data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) leads the way again at 835,000 contracts, with calls outpacing at 421,000. Next up are the S&P 500 Index (SPX) options at 241,000, with 125,000 calls. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options are also at 241,000, with 177,000 calls.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 150,000 contracts changing hands, led by 89,000 puts. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) options are just behind at 140,000, with  80,000 calls. And the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 114,000 options turning over, dominated by 89,000 puts.
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