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November 12, 2013  Tue 10:52 AM CT

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Total option volume is at 6 million contracts so far, with mixed sentiment in the major indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 502,000 contracts traded, with 295,000 puts. Next up are the S&P 500 Index (SPX) options at 331,000, with slightly more calls than puts.

The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 131,000 options changing hands, with 80,000 puts. Just behind are the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) options at 128,000, dominated by 103,000 puts. (See related story)

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 114,000 options traded, led by 72,000 puts. And the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 109,000 contracts moving, with 81,000 puts.
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