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December 27, 2012  Thu 10:23 AM CT

Total option volume just tops 5 million contracts so far today, led by trading in the major indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER's data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 1.1 million options traded, led by 794,000 puts. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options have changed hands 292,000 times, with 180,000 calls.

The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 245,000 contracts turning over, with 189,000 calls. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has seen 142,000 options trade, with a put/call ratio of almost 4 to 1.

Not far behind are the S&P 500 Index (SPX) options at 125,000, with puts outpacing calls by 2 to 1. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 118,000 options traded, with 68,000 calls. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 78,000 trading, with 43,000 calls.
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