News Release

NYMEX to Change Margins for Natural Gas, Related Futures Contracts

Wed Dec 27 2006

NEW YORK, N.Y., December 27, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. today announced margin changes for its natural gas, Henry Hub swap, swing swap and penultimate swap, natural gas penultimate and last day financial, and NYMEX miNYTM natural gas futures contracts effective at the close of business tomorrow.

Margins for the first and second months of the natural gas, natural gas penultimate and last day financial futures contracts will decrease to $6,500 from $7,500 for clearing members, to $7,150 from $8,250 for members, and to $8,775 from $10,125 for customers. The margins for the third month will decrease to $6,000 from $7,000 for clearing members, to $6,600 from $7,700 for members, and to $8,100 from $9,450 for customers. Margins for all other months will remain the same.

Margins for the first and second months of the NYMEX miNY natural gas and Henry Hub swap and penultimate swap futures contracts will decrease to $1,625 from $1,875 for clearing members, to $1,788 from $2,063 for members, and to $2,194 from $2,531 for customers. The margins for the third month will decrease to $1,500 from $1,750 for clearing members, to $1,650 from $1,925 for members, and to $2,025 from $2,363 for customers. Margins for all other months will remain the same.

Margins for the Henry Hub swing swap futures contract will decrease to $1,625 from $1,875 for clearing members, to $1,788 from $2,063 for members, and to $2,194 from $2,531 for customers.

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