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Exchange Announces Margin Rates for New NYMEX miNYTM Contracts

Fri Jan 13 2006

New York, N.Y., January 13, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., today announced the margin rates for the two new NYMEX miNYTM futures contracts that begin trading on NYMEX ClearPort® on January 16, for the trade date of January 17.

The margin rates for the first month of the NYMEX miNYTM heating oil futures contracts will be $2,500 for clearing members, $2,750 for members, and $3,375 for customers. The margin rates for all other months will be $2,250 for clearing members, $2,475 for members, and $3,038 for customers. The margin rates for the NYMEX miNYTM gasoline futures contract will be $2,000 for clearing members, $2,200 for members, and $2,700 for customers.

The margin rate for the intra–commodity spread for the NYMEX miNYTM heating oil futures contract will be $125 for clearing members, $138 for members, and $169 for customers.

The margin rate for the intra–commodity spread for the NYMEX miNYTM gasoline futures contract will be $250 for clearing members, $275 for members, and $338 for customers.

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