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June 19, 2013  Wed 10:25 AM CT

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The usual indexes and ETFs lead today's total option volume of 5.8 million contracts so far, according to to optionMONSTER data systems.

Just over 900,000 options have turned over in the SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY), led by 490,000 puts. Next up are the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) options at 442,000 as calls outpace puts by almost 2 to 1.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX) has seen 283,000 options trade, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. Following is the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) at 251,000 contracts, with 144,000 calls.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 160,000 options changing hands as puts outpace calls by 4 to 1. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 139,000 options moving, with calls making up 75,000 of that action. Just behind are the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) options with volume of 137,000, dominated by 105,000 puts.
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