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January 17, 2013  Thu 10:19 AM CT

Total option volume tops 6 million contracts so far as sentiment is quite bullish in the largest indexes and ETFs, optionMONSTER's data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has seen 642,000 contracts trade, with 335,000 calls. Next up are the S&P 500 Index (SPX) options at 294,000, evenly split between calls and puts.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has 142,000 contracts changing hands as calls outpace puts by almost 5 to 1. Just behind are the SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) at 138,000 options, with 89,000 calls.

Just over 130,000 options are trading in the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM), with 96,000 puts. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 111,000 contracts turning over, 65,000 of which are puts. And the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) just breaks 100,000, with 62,000 puts.
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