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December 19, 2012  Wed 10:23 AM CT

Total option volume is relatively strong at 6.1 million so far today, with the typical indexes and ETFs seeing the most action, according to optionMONSTER's data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 836,000 options traded, with 510,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) contracts follow at 475,000, with 270,000 oputs. The options of the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) have turned over  225,000 times, with calls outpacing puts by almost 3 to 1.

Not far behind are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options at 207,000, with 109,000 calls. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options are up next with 196,000 and a put/call ratio of 3 to 1.

The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 142,000 contracts changing hands, with 81,000 puts. The SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) has seen 109,000 contracts trade as calls outpace puts. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) options have traded 110,000 traded times, with puts outnumbering calls by 2 to 1.
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