News Release

CBOT Metals Complex Volume Surpasses 100,000 Contracts

Fri May 12 2006

For Immediate Release

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Jennifer Rook
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CBOT METALS COMPLEX VOLUME SURPASSES 100,000 CONTRACTS
Open Interest in CBOT Precious Metals Up 59 Percent Over Total at End of April; Total Exchange Open Interest Sets New Record

CHICAGO, IL, May 12, 2006 – The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT®) announced today that its 100-percent electronically traded Precious Metals complex set an all-time high, as volume reached 100,589 contracts at the close of trading yesterday.  The previous record, 96,630 contracts, was set April 20, 2006.

The Exchange also set two significant open interest records yesterday.  The CBOT Metals complex saw open interest totals rise to a record 60,323 contracts – a 59 percent increase over the total from past month’s end.  And total Exchange-wide open interest reached a record 16,421,016 contracts.  Open interest represents the number of trading positions that have not yet been offset and closed at the end of a trading day.

The new Metals complex volume highs were largely due to the performance of the CBOT Gold Complex, which set records across all of its contracts yesterday. Full-sized (100 oz.) Gold futures volume climbed to 55,670 contracts, and mini-sized (33 oz.) Gold futures increased to 26,127 contracts.  Meanwhile, the Exchange’s Gold options contracts saw volume reach 5,471 contracts.

Month-to-date, the CBOT Gold futures complex accounted for nearly 40 percent of listed Gold futures contracts traded in North America.

Robert Ray, senior vice president of Business Development at the Exchange said:  “These record-setting performances within the CBOT Metals Complex have made it quite apparent that the market continues to embrace the speed and trade certainty of our transparent, electronic model.  We continue to play a greater role in metals price discovery, and recent increases in open interest indicate that our platform is becoming a preferred marketplace among commercial firms and asset managers.”

 

 

 

 

 

Previous Record

Date

May 11 Totals

Percent Increase

Metals Complex Volume

96,630

April 20, 2006

100,589

4%

100 Oz. Gold Futures Volume

50,068

 April 20, 2006

55,670

11%

100 Oz. Gold Options Volume

4,529

May 9, 2006

5,471

21%

Mini-sized Gold Futures Volume

20,352

April 20, 2006

26,127

28%

Metals Complex Open Interest

54,045

May 10, 2006

60,323

12%

100 Oz. Gold Futures Open Interest

21,497

May 10, 2006

25,361

18%

100 Oz. Gold Options Open Interest

11,504

May 10, 2006

12,751

11%

Gold Complex Open Interest

40,711

May 10, 2006

46,281

14%

For more information on the CBOT and its Metals complex, please visit www.cbot.com.

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