News Release

Exchange to Increase Margins for Heating Oil and Gasoil Futures Contracts

Mon Jul 11 2005
New York, N.Y., July 11, 2005 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., announced today it would increase the margins for its heating oil futures and calendar swap futures, as well as its and Northwest Europe gasoil futures contracts at the close of business on July 12.

The margins on the first nearby month of heating oil futures and calendar swap futures will increase to $4,500 from $4,000 for clearing members, to $4,950 from $4,400 for members, and to $6,075 from $5,400 for customers.

Margins on the second to seventh months will increase to $4,250 from $3,750 for clearing members, to $4,675 from $4,125 to members, and to $5,738 from $5,063 for customers.

Margins on the eighth to10th months will increase to $3,750 from $3,000 for clearing members, to $4,125 from $3,300 for members, and to $5,063 from $4,050 for customers.

Margins on all others months will increase to $3,250 from $2,250 for clearing members, to $3,575 from $2,475 for members, and to $4,388 from $3,038 for customers.

The margins on the first nearby month of Northwest Europe gasoil futures contract will increase to $3,375 from $3,000 for clearing members, to $3,713 from $3,300 for members, and to $4,556 from $4,050 for customers.

Margins on the second to seventh months will increase to $3,188 from $2,800 for clearing members, to $3,506 from $3,080 to members, and to $4,303 from $3,780 for customers.

Margins on the eighth to 10th months will increase to $2,813 from $2,250 for clearing members, to $3,094 from $2,475 for members, and to $3,797 from $3,038 for customers.

Margins on all others months will increase to $2,438 from $1,750 for clearing members, to $2,681 from $1,925 for members, and to $3,291 from $2,363 for customers.
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