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April 16, 2013  Tue 10:37 AM CT

More than 6.6 million options have traded so far today, with the typical indexes and ETFs dominating the action, according to optionMONSTER systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 898,000 contracts traded, with puts outpacing calls by more than 2 to 1. Next up are the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options at 454,000, led by 321,000 calls.

Just behind is the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) with 447,000 options and a put/call ratio of more than 3 to 1. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) has 258,000 contracts changing hands, with 145,000 puts.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 255,000 options traded, with puts outnumbering calls by 2 to 1. The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 190,000 options turning over, with 114,000 puts.

The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 141,000 contracts traded, with 118,000 puts. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 126,000 options traded, with 71,000 puts. 
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