News Release

CME Equity Options Break Volume and Open Interest Records

Thu Mar 17 2005

New CME® Globex® Volume Record Set With 3.85 Million Contracts Traded CHICAGO, March 17, 2005 - CME, the largest U.S. futures exchange, announced today that more than 100,000 equity options traded yesterday and as a result, the following volume records were set in the equity index product group: CME® S&P 500® options --70,180 contracts CME E-mini™ S&P 500 options --27,010 contracts CME Russell 2000® options -707 contracts CME also announced the following equity index product open interest records for Wednesday, March 16, 2005: CME S&P 500 options --835,438 positions CME E-mini Russell 2000 futures--257,391 positions CME E-mini S&P 500 options --202,051 positions CME Russell 2000 futures contracts --51,159 positions CME E-mini Russell 2000 options - 5,046 positions

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