News Release

Exchange Obtains Additional International Authorizations for Electronic Trading and Clearing

Thu Feb 09 2006

NEW YORK, N.Y., February 9, 2006 -- The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., announced today that it has obtained authorization to offer the use of its NYMEX ACCESS® trading and NYMEX ClearPort® clearing and trading platforms in Belgium, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Latvia, Malta, Norway, and Slovenia. This is in addition to the authorizations previously obtained in Bermuda, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States, including all U.S. territories.

NYMEX President James E. Newsome said, "Offering electronic trading and clearing in these countries is part of the global expansion initiative that NYMEX began in 2004. In addition to these countries, we have already begun the process of becoming authorized in approximately 50 additional jurisdictions."

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