News Release

NYMEX ClearPort® Clearing Sets Record Volume

Thu May 25 2006

New York, N.Y., May 25, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. announced a record volume today, for NYMEX ClearPort clearing.

NYMEX ClearPort cleared 417,431 contracts, surpassing the previous record of 370,953 contracts set on January 26.

James E. Newsome, NYMEX President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "This record illustrates the significant role that NYMEX ClearPort plays in energy risk management."

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