News Release

NYMEX Sets Volume Record for Gold Futures on NYMEX ACCESS®

Mon May 15 2006

NEW YORK, N.Y., May 15, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., today announced record volume on NYMEX ACCESS® for the gold futures contract today.

The contract traded a record 29,513 contracts, surpassing the 25,529 contracts traded on February 6, 2003.

James E. Newsome, NYMEX President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our metals futures complex provides the risk management tools valued by market participants. It is gratifying to see increased interest in the gold futures contract on on NYMEX ACCESS®."

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