News Release

CBOT Gold Complex Volume Surpasses 25,000 Contracts

Tue Jan 03 2006

For Immediate Release                                                              

CBOT Gold Complex Volume Surpasses 25,000 Contracts

Chicago, IL, January 10, 2006 – The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT®) announced today that the CBOT Gold Complex (100 oz. Gold and mini-sized Gold contracts) set new daily volume records on January 9, 2006. Volume for the CBOT 100 oz. Gold contract grew to 15,544 contracts, up from the last volume record of 12,155 contracts set on December 14, 2005 and volume for the CBOT mini-sized Gold contract climbed to 9,682 contracts, up from the last volume record of 7,061 contracts set on December 12, 2005.  The CBOT Precious Metals Complex also set a new daily record yesterday, reaching 27,837 contacts, eclipsing the prior record of 22,384 contracts set on December 12, 2005. 

CBOT Senior Vice President of Business Development Robert Ray said, “Month to date, our Gold futures contracts enjoy about an 18 percent market share of all listed gold futures traded in North America. Customers tell us repeatedly how much they value and appreciate the fact that our Precious Metals Complex is 100 percent electronically traded. As the highly volatile period for metals pricing continues, we believe that new market participants find our fully transparent and highly liquid CBOT precious metals markets, as well as the electronic trading environment, highly attractive. This is evident by our growing market share.”

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