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March 31, 2014  Mon 10:20 AM CT

Total option volume is light at 4.7 million contracts so far today, led by the usual large indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 702,000 contracts traded, with 438,000 puts. Next up is the iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) with 267,000 options as puts outpace calls by 2 to 1. Following is the S&P 500 Index (SPX) with 218,000 options, 130,000 of which are puts.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) has 193,000 contracts changing hands, including 111,000 puts. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (EEM) has volume of 171,000 as calls eclipse puts by 2 to 1.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) has 90,000 options traded, followed closely by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) with 87,000 contracts. Both have puts outnumbering calls by 2 to 1.
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