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June 14, 2013  Fri 10:23 AM CT

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Total option volume is 5.8 million contracts so far today, with the usual indexes and ETFs dominating the action, optionMONSTER data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 920,000 options traded, evenly split between calls and puts. Next up are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options at 344,000, led by 290,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) contracts follow at 206,000, with 180,000 puts.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has 227,000 options changing hands, with calls just barely outnumbering puts. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 163,000 contracts moving, with 85,000 puts.

The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has seen 152,000 options trade, with 80,000 puts. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) also has volume of 152,000, evenly split between calls and puts. The SPDR Financial Fund (XLF) has 87,000 options traded, with puts outpacing calls by 3 to 1.

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