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March 17, 2014  Mon 10:29 AM CT

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Total option volume is average so far today, dominated by the big indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

More than 1 million options have traded in the SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY), with a put/call ratio of 2 to 1. Next up is the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) at 489,000 as call outpace puts by 2 to 1. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) has 250,000 options trading, with 150,000 puts.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) has 181,000 contracts changing hands, led by 130,000 puts. Following is the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) at 147,000 options, with slightly more puts than calls.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has seen 93,000 options turn over, with 56,000 calls. The iShares Silver Fund (SLV) has 70,000 contracts, with an overwhelming major of 64,000 calls. And the iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has 64,000 options moving, with 46,000 puts.
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