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October 29, 2013  Tue 10:18 AM CT

Just over 5 million options trade this morning, with little action in the Index and exchange-traded products.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 478,000 options traded, with 291,000 puts. Next up are the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures note (VXX) options with 210,000, 183,000 of which are puts.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 112,000 contracts changing hands, with 71,000 puts. Following are the options of the S&P 500 Index (SPX) with 106,000, with a put-to-call ratio of almost 2-to-1.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) again sees lighter than usual volume with 90,000, including 57,000 calls. The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 75,000 contracts, with puts outpacing calls better than 2-1.

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