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January 15, 2013  Tue 10:27 AM CT

Total option volume is a bit light at 5.3 million contracts so far today, with the typical indexes and ETFs making up most of the volume, according to optionMONSTER's data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 400,000 options traded, led by 280,000 puts. Next up is the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) at 351,000 options, 196,000 of which are calls.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX) has 251,000 contracts changing hands, with a put to call ratio of 2 to 1. Not far behind are the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) options at 221,000, with 126,000 calls.

The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) sees 94,000 contracts turning over, with calls outpacing puts by 2 to 1. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 86,000 traded, with 60,000 puts.

The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 80,000 options moving, 45,000 of which are calls. And the SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) has 66,000 options traded, with fewer than 5,00 puts.
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