News Release

NYMEX Sets Volume Records for NYMEX ClearPort® Trading and NYMEX miNYTM Natural Gas Contract

Thu Feb 02 2006

NEW YORK, N.Y., February 2, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., announced that it reached record volumes in overall NYMEX ClearPort® trading and in NYMEX miNYTM natural gas futures contracts traded yesterday.

NYMEX ClearPort® trading volume hit 78,696 contracts, exceeding the 64,231 contracts traded on January 11. NYMEX miNYTM natural gas futures contracts traded a record 20,314 contracts, surpassing the previous record of 15,741 contracts, set on January 30.

NYMEX President James E. Newsome said, "The NYMEX ClearPort® has provided the marketplace with an additional tool to manage their risk. It is our goal to evolve and develop our markets to best meet the needs of our customers."

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