News Release

Exchange Sets Record for NYMEX Division Seat

Fri Mar 10 2006

New York, N.Y., March 10, 2006 — A seat on the NYMEX Division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., sold today for a record $3,800,000.

The seat surpasses the $3,775,000 record set on November 14, 2005. Ownership of a seat on the NYMEX Division also represents a share of common stock in NYMEX Holdings, Inc.

Exchange President James E. Newsome said, "This seat sale record is another milestone in a series of records we have recently experienced, not only in seat values but also in volume and open interest."

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