News Release

NYMEX Europe Announces Margins for New NYMEX Europe miNY Brent Crude Oil Futures Contract

Fri Feb 03 2006

NEW YORK, N.Y. & London, U.K., February 3, 2006 — NYMEX Europe Limited (NEL) today announced margin rates for the new NYMEX Europe miNY Brent crude oil futures contract that is scheduled to begin trading Monday, February 6.

Margins on all months of the NYMEX Europe miNY Brent crude oil futures contract will be $1,750 for clearing members, $1,925 for members, and $2,363 for customers.

The intra-commodity spread margins on all months of the NYMEX Europe miNY Brent crude oil futures contract will be $200 for clearing members, $220 for members, and $270 for customers.

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