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Total option volume passes 15 million

Total option volume came in at just over 15 million contracts today.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) options led the way with just over 2.1 million traded as the ETF fell 1 percent. The iShares Russell (IWM) 2000 fund held second place with 919,000 contracts as it gave up 1.64 percent on the day. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options traded 820,000 contracts on the day.

Bank of America and Citigroup ended the day in fourth and fifth spots with 696,000 and 545,000 respectively. BAC fell 4 percent on the day, and C was down 4.5 percent. These two companies are big parts of the iShares Financial SPDR Fund, which was No. 10 on the list with 258,000 contracts traded as the fund fell 1.9 percent.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust was down just 0.82 percent on the day and had 431,000 contracts trade. Apple and Ford were the only other individual equity names in the top 10 with 366,000 and 278,000 options traded. Apple reversed course to finish the day down 1.8 percent, and Ford ended up down 0.7 percent.

The iShares Silver ETF rounds out the list with just shy of 260,000 contracts changing hands. This was the only underlying in the top 10 that gained on the day, picking up 1.05 percent on the day.

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