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February 4, 2014  Tue 10:26 AM CT

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Total option volume remains above average at 7 million contracts traded so far today, with the top indexes and ETFs dominating the action, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

More than 1.2 million options have traded in the SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) as puts outpaced calls by almost 2 to 1. Next up is the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) at 486,000 options, with calls just slightly eclipsing puts. Just behind is the S&P 500 Index (SPX) at 480,000 and a put/call ratio topping 2 to 1.
 
The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 231,000 contracts changing hands, with a put/call ratio of almost 3 to 1. Following closely is the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) at 220,000 options, with 134,000 calls.

The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has seen 194,000 options turn over, led by 112,000 puts. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 160,000 with 82,000 puts.
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