News Release

CME Reports July 2006 Volume Averaged 5.2 Million Contracts Per Day, Up 41 Percent from Year-Ago Period

Tue Aug 01 2006

- Total CME E-mini options volume averaged a record 52,000 contracts per day, up 233 percent

 

- NYMEX contracts on CME Globex platform averaged 100,000 contracts per day

CHICAGO, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CME, the world's largest and most diverse financial exchange, today announced July volume averaged 5.2 million contracts per day, up 41 percent from July 2005. Total monthly volume in July 2006 was 104 million contracts. Average daily volume on the CME Globex electronic trading platform increased 47 percent from July 2005 to 3.7 million contracts per day, representing 72 percent of total exchange volume. Total options volume was 1.2 million contracts per day, up 46 percent month over month. Electronic options volume averaged 138,000 contracts per day for the month, up 201 percent from the same period a year ago.

Trading in CME E-mini equity index products averaged 1.7 million contracts per day in July, up 51 percent compared with July 2005. Total equity options volume grew 138 percent to 125,000 contracts per day during the month. CME E- mini options volume averaged a record 52,000 contracts per day, up 233 percent from July 2005. CME E-mini S&P 500 options reached a record 48,000 contracts per day in July, up 222 percent. CME equity standard volume grew 66 percent to average 135,000 contracts per day.

CME total interest rate volume averaged 2.9 million contracts per day in July, up 39 percent from the same period a year ago. CME Eurodollar futures volume was up 37 percent to an average of 1.8 million contracts per day, and CME Eurodollar options volume was up 41 percent to an average of 1.1 million contracts per day. Electronic volume of CME Eurodollar options averaged 85,000 contracts per day during the month, tripling from 29,000 during July 2005 and representing 7.9 percent of Eurodollar options volume.

CME foreign exchange volume in July averaged 373,000 contracts per day, up 19 percent compared with the year-ago period. In July, electronic foreign exchange volume increased 24 percent to 335,000 contracts per day compared with July 2005.

All statistics in this news release exclude data on CME's non-traditional TRAKRS® products, and CME Auction Markets™ products, unless otherwise noted. All references to options refer to options on futures contracts.

CME commodities and alternative investments volume averaged 81,000 contracts per day in July, up 38 percent over the same period a year ago.

NYMEX volume on the CME Globex platform averaged 100,000 contracts per day in July, up 27 percent compared with June 2006, when products were first available to trade under the current NYMEX-CME agreement.

Open interest for all CME products was 46 million contracts at the end of July, up from 30 million contracts at the end of December. Additionally, the Chicago Board of Trade had 16 million open positions with CME Clearing at month end. Open interest represents the number of contract positions that remain open at the end of a trading session.

  CME MONTHLY AVERAGE DAILY VOLUME (In Thousands)


                                  July 2006       July 2005  Percent Change
  CME PRODUCT LINE
  Interest Rates                    2,929           2,114           39%
  E-Minis                           1,664           1,100           51%
  Equity Standard                     135              81           66%
  Foreign Exchange                    373             314           19%
  Commodities and Alt. Inv.            81              59           38%
    Sub Total                       5,183           3,669           41%
  TRAKRS                              133              25          441%
    Total                           5,316           3,694           44%

  VENUE
  Open Outcry                       1,419           1,094           30%
  CME Globex (Ex TRAKRS)            3,727           2,535           47%
  Privately Negotiated                 37              40           -8%

Note: CME Weather and GSCI products moved from Equity Standard to Commodities in April, and prior months were adjusted.

  CME ROLLING THREE-MONTH AVERAGES (excluding TRAKRS)

  Average Rate Per Contract (In Dollars)

  3-Month
   Period
   Ending           By Product Line                       By Venue
                                    Commodities
                                        and                        Privately
       Interest  E-    Equity  Foreign  Alt.          Open   CME     Nego-
         Rates  Minis Standard Exchange Inv.  Total  Outcry Globex  tiated
  Jun
   -06   0.477  0.698  1.421    1.119  0.921  0.632   0.480  0.657   3.785
  May
   -06   0.480  0.724  1.429    1.173  0.924  0.644   0.479  0.667   3.700
  Apr
   -06   0.478  0.717  1.445    1.253  0.948  0.641   0.471  0.667   3.672
  Mar
   -06   0.493  0.712  1.431    1.253  0.953  0.652   0.477  0.679   3.583


  Average Daily Volume (In Thousands)

  3-Month
   Period
   Ending           By Product Line                       By Venue
                                    Commodities
                                        and                        Privately
       Interest  E-    Equity  Foreign  Alt.          Open   CME     Nego-
         Rates  Minis Standard Exchange Inv.  Total  Outcry Globex  tiated
  Jul
   -06   3,144  1,818    179      452     84  5,677  1,586   4,046      44
  Jun
   -06   3,236  1,754    173      472     80  5,715  1,647   4,020      49
  May
   -06   3,123  1,526    156      466     80  5,352  1,535   3,764      53
  Apr
   -06   3,100  1,403    146      423     72  5,144  1,561   3,526      57

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CME)(NASDAQ: CME) became the first publicly traded U.S. financial exchange on Dec. 6, 2002. The company was added to the Russell 1000® Index on July 1, 2003. It is the parent company of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. ( http://www.cme.com/ ), the world's largest and most diverse futures exchange. As an international marketplace, CME brings together buyers and sellers on its CME Globex electronic trading platform and on its trading floors. CME offers futures and options on futures primarily in interest rates, equities, foreign exchange and commodities. The exchange managed $47.2 billion in collateral deposits at June 30, 2006, including $4.6 billion in deposits for non-CME products.

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