News Release

CBOT Metals Complex Beats Previous Day's Records; Exceeds 96,000 Contracts

Mon Aug 21 2006

For Immediate Release

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Craig Grabiner                                                             
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CBOT METALS COMPLEX BEATS PREVIOUS DAY’S RECORDS; VOLUME EXCEEDS 96,000 CONTRACTS
Open Interest in CBOT Precious Metals Complex is Up 70 Percent in April 2006

CHICAGO, IL, April 21, 2006 – The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT®) announced today that volume in the Exchange’s 100 percent electronically-traded Metals complex eclipsed records set on April 19, 2006 by 66 percent, as volume climbed to 96,630 contracts.  The prior record was 58,137 contracts.

Open interest in the CBOT Metals complex totaled 40,886 contracts on April 20 – a 70 percent increase since the end of March.  Open interest represents the number of trading positions that have not yet been offset and closed at the end of a trading day.

Robert Ray, senior vice president of business development at the Exchange said:  “The market’s desire for trade certainty through our transparent electronic model continues to manifest itself with the recent record-setting performances within the CBOT Metals complex.  A true measure of a market’s role is demonstrated by its performance under volatile conditions, including its ability to immediately scale to meet the needs of all participants.  The CBOT’s role has been clearly defined, as evidenced by these records.”

Month-to-date, the CBOT Metals futures complex accounts for more than 26 percent of listed Gold and Silver futures contracts traded in North America. 

In addition to the composite CBOT Metals complex volume record set yesterday, every contract within the complex set individual records:

 

 

 

 

 

Previous Record

Date

April 20 Totals

Percent Increase

Total Metals Futures & Options

58,137

April 19, 2006

96,630

66.21%

Total Metals Futures Complex

57,155

 April 19, 2006

95,393

66.90%

Gold Futures Complex

42,007

April 19, 2006

70,420

67.64%

Silver Futures Complex

15,148

April 19, 2006

24,973

64.86%

100 Oz. Gold Futures

28,781

April 19, 2006

50,068

73.96%

mini-sized Gold Futures

13,226

April 19, 2006

20,352

53.88%

5000 Oz. Silver Futures

7,019

April 19, 2006

12,560

78.94%

mini-sized Silver Futures

8,129

April 19, 2006

12,413

52.70%

100 Oz. Gold Options

982

April 19, 2006

1,237

25.97%

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

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