News Release

Exchange Sets Volume Record for NYMEX miNYTM Gasoline Futures Contract

Thu Mar 23 2006

NEW YORK, N.Y., March 23, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., announced that the NYMEX miNYTM gasoline futures contract traded 1,205 contracts yesterday, surpassing the previous record of 1,133 contracts set on January 20.

NYMEX President James E. Newsome said, "It is very rewarding to see growth in this recently launched contract. The NYMEX miNYTM futures contracts are flexible risk management tools that provide customers with complementary vehicles to the full–sized floor traded contracts."

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