News Release

Exchange Seat Trades at All Time Futures Industry Record

Fri Oct 21 2005

New York, N.Y., October 21, 2005 — A seat on the NYMEX Division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., sold today for a record $3.1 million, the most ever for a seat on any futures exchange.

The seat, which surpasses yesterday's $3,000,000 record sale, is also the highest currently traded on any exchange — futures or equity — in the world.

Ownership of a seat on the NYMEX Division also represents a share of common stock in NYMEX Holdings, Inc.

Exchange President James E. Newsome said, "We are very gratified by this historical seat sale. It is a dynamic time for the Exchange and its markets, and we have seen unprecedented growth in volumes as we have continued to meet the evolving risk management needs of the industry."

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