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December 27, 2016  Tue 5:05 AM CT

The bears are targeting iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund.

OptionMonster's monitoring program shows that 13,500 February 33.50 puts were purchased for $0.76. Volume was more than 7 times open interest at the strike, which indicates new money was put to work.

Long puts lock in the price where a stock can be sold, so they make money if shares decline. Investors use them to hedge long positions or to speculate on a drop. (See our Education section)

EEM rose 0.59 percent to $34.28 on Friday but is down 9 percent in the last three months.

Overall option volume was about average in EEM. Puts outnumbered calls by a bearish 4-to-1 ratio.

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