News Release

NYMEX miNYTM Gasoline and Heating Oil Have Promising First Week

Tue Jan 24 2006

NEW YORK, N.Y., January 24, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., announced that more than 7,100 NYMEX miNYTM gasoline and heating oil futures contracts traded during the first four days they were offered for trading. The contracts launched on January 16, for trade date January 17.

The contracts saw record volumes today when 1,133 NYMEX miNYTM gasoline futures contracts and the 1,553 NYMEX miNYTM heating oil futures contracts traded on the NYMEX ClearPort® trading platform.

In comparison, when the NYMEX miNYTM futures contracts launched in June 2002, 1,404 crude oil miNY futures contracts and 1,079 miNY natural gas miNY futures contracts traded on the first day.

Exchange President James E. Newsome said, "The new NYMEX miNYTM futures contracts offer our customers an additional risk management tool using our state–of–the–art technology. The suite of reduced–sized contracts, including the crude oil and natural gas contracts, has grown in popularity, trading more than 200,000 contracts this week alone."

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