News Release

Exchange Sets Daily Volume Records

Thu Aug 11 2005

NEW YORK, N.Y., August 11, 2005 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., set daily volume records yesterday for Exchange–wide, NYMEX Division futures and options, NYMEX Division futures, and NYMEX miNYsm natural gas futures contracts.

Overall volume reached 1,048,362 contracts, breaking the previous record of 1,044,370 contracts traded on July 14. This total includes a record 975,333 futures and options contracts traded on the NYMEX Division, surpassing the previous record 906,233 contracts traded on July 14. NYMEX Division futures hit a record 811,283 contracts, exceeding the 743,286 contracts traded on July 14. NYMEX miNYsm natural gas futures trading reached 2,934 contracts surpassing the 2,355 contract traded on August 4.

Exchange President James E. Newsome said, "These records indicate a growing interest in our markets. We are pleased that NYMEX continues to be the venue of choice for the energy marketplace."

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