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July 31, 2013  Wed 10:41 AM CT

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Total option volume is back to average as 5.7 million contracts have changed hands so far, with mixed sentiment in the top indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 618,000 options traded, with 391,000 puts. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has volume of 223,000, with calls outpacing puts by 2 to 1. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has seen 191,000 options turn over, with 108,000 calls. Next up are the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) options at 172,000, led by 124,000 puts.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX) has 130,000 contracts traded, with 77,000 puts. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 111,000 options moving, dominated by 82,000 puts.

The SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD) has 105,000 options traded, with 60,000 puts. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures Note (VXX) has seen 89,000 contracts change hands, with 53,000 puts.
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