News Release

NYMEX to Change Margins for Natural Gas, Related Futures Contracts

Wed Jan 24 2007

NEW YORK, N.Y., January 24, 2007 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. today announced margin changes for its natural gas, Henry Hub swap, swing swap and penultimate swap, natural gas penultimate and last day financial, and NYMEX miNYTM natural gas futures contracts, effective at the close of business tomorrow.

Margins for the first and second months of the natural gas, natural gas penultimate financial and natural gas last day financial futures contracts will increase to $7,500 from $6,500 for clearing members, to $8,250 from $7,150 for members, and to $10,125 from $8,775 for customers. The margins for the third month will increase to $6,500 from $6,000 for clearing members, to $7,150 from $6,600 for members, and to $8,775 from $8,100 for customers. Margins for the fourth to ninth months will decrease to $5,000 from $6,000 for clearing members, to $5,500 from $6,600 for members, and to $6,750 from $8,100 for customers. Margins for all other months will remain the same.

Margins for the first and second months of the NYMEX miNY natural gas and Henry Hub swap and penultimate swap futures contracts will increase to $1,875 from $1,625 for clearing members, to $2,063 from $1,788 for members, and to $2,531 from $2,194 for customers. The margins for the third month will increase to $1,625 from $1,500 for clearing members, to $1,788 from $1,650 for members, and to $2,194 from $2,025 for customers. Margins for the fourth to ninth months will decrease to $1,250 from $1,500 for clearing members, to $1,375 from $1,650 for members, and to $1,688 from $2,025 for customers. Margins for all other months will remain unchanged.

Margins for the Henry Hub swing swap futures contract will increase to $1,875 from $1,625 for clearing members, to $2,063 from $1,788 for members, and to $2,531 from $2,194 for customers.

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