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December 11, 2013  Wed 10:24 AM CT

Total option volume tops 5.5 million contracts so far today, with the top indexes and ETFs dominating the action, according to optionMONSTER data systems.
The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has seen just over 805,000 options turn over, with puts slightly outpacing calls. Next up is the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) at 282,000 contracts, with 159,000 calls.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) follows with 263,000 options and a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 199,000 options moving, with puts slightly outnumbering calls. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) has 192,000 contracts changing hands, led by 124,000 puts.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 90,000 options traded, with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. And the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has seen 83,000 options trade, with 50,000 calls. (See related story)
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