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NYMEX Crude Oil Futures Contract Sets Daily Volume Record on CME Globex®

Wed Oct 04 2006

New York, N.Y., October 4, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. announced that it set a daily volume record for crude oil futures traded on the CME Globex electronic trading platform yesterday.

Crude oil futures reached 162,177 contracts, surpassing the 145,633 contracts traded on September 28.

NYMEX launched its physically settled futures contracts for trading on CME Globex during regular open outcry trading hours on September 5, following its initial offering of financially settled, standard-sized and NYMEX miNY energy futures contracts for trading on CME Globex on June 12. Access to electronic trading of NYMEX products is available virtually 24 hours a day on CME Globex.

For more information, go to www.nymexoncmeglobex.com.

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