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May 29, 2013  Wed 10:15 AM CT

Overall option volume is relatively light at 5.5 million contracts so far today with mixed sentiment in major indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 778,000 options traded, with 481,000 puts. Next up are the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options at 362,000, with calls outpacing puts almost 7 to 1.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options have turned over 250,000 times, evenly split between calls and puts. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 198,000 contracts changing hands, with a put/call ratio of 6 to 1.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 155,000 traded, led by 93,000 puts. Following are  iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) options at 130,000, with 70,000 calls. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has seen 105,000 trade, with calls slightly outpacing puts.
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