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CME Sets Monthly and Quarterly Volume Records in Every Product Line, Exchange Reports; March 2007 Volume Averaged a Record 7.7 Million Contracts per Day, Up 45 Percent; First-Quarter 2007 Volume Averaged a Record 6.5 Million Contracts per Day, Up 30 Perce

Mon Apr 02 2007

CHICAGO, April 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CME, the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange, today announced March volume averaged a record 7.7 million contracts per day, up 45 percent from March 2006. Total monthly volume was 170 million contracts. Volume on the CME Globex electronic trading platform increased 59 percent from March 2006 to average a record 5.8 million contracts per day, representing 76 percent of total exchange volume. Total options volume was 1.5 million contracts per day, up 31 percent from March 2006. Electronic options volume averaged a record 174,000 contracts per day for the month, up 106 percent from the same period a year ago, and represented 11 percent of total CME options volume.

"CME continued to deliver outstanding results in every product line, setting monthly and quarterly volume records well above prior levels," said CME Executive Chairman Terry Duffy. "CME is the undisputed leader in trading the most diverse product offering with unsurpassed technology and an industry- leading clearing platform. We have clearly demonstrated the ability to meet our clients' trading needs while maintaining reliability. During the quarter, we also processed record volumes for both the Chicago Board of Trade and the New York Mercantile Exchange. In fact, the energy volume we traded on CME Globex on behalf of NYMEX -- 584,000 contracts per day -- is the highest quarterly electronic energy total ever traded by any exchange."

"In addition to our vibrant core business, we continue to execute on our newer growth initiatives," said CME Chief Executive Officer Craig Donohue. "In March, we launched FXMarketSpace in partnership with Reuters. This joint venture allows CME to bring efficiencies to users in the $2 trillion per day over-the-counter foreign exchange market. So far, we are running ahead of our own expectations in terms of customer who have signed up and connected to the system. During the quarter, we also rolled out user defined spread functionality for trading Eurodollar options on CME Globex, and we announced the upcoming launch of credit derivatives products."

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 total interest rate product volume averaged a record 4.2 million contracts, up 34 percent from the same period a year ago. CME Eurodollar futures volume averaged a record 2.9 million contracts per day, up 39 percent from March 2006, and CME Eurodollar options volume was up 23 percent to an average of 1.3 million contracts per day. Electronic volume of CME Eurodollar options averaged 98,000 contracts per day, up 70 percent from March 2006, and represented 8 percent of total Eurodollar options volume.

CME E-mini index product volume averaged a record 2.5 million contracts per day in March, up 70 percent compared with March 2006. Total equity options volume grew 148 percent from the same period a year ago to average a record 192,000 contracts per day. CME equity standard volume grew 52 percent to average a record 288,000 contracts per day. CME equity standard options volume also reached a record, increasing 137 percent from March 2006 to average 123,000 contracts per day.

CME foreign exchange volume in March averaged a record 655,000 contracts per day, up 42 percent compared with the year-ago period. Electronic foreign exchange volume averaged a record 590,000 contracts per day, up 56 percent compared with March 2006. March foreign exchange futures and options volume represented a notional value of $80 billion, an all-time monthly record.

CME commodities and alternative investment products volume averaged a record 101,000 contracts per day in March, up 19 percent compared with the same period a year ago. In addition, the commodities volume on the CME Globex platform was a record 5,100 contracts per day, representing 5 percent of the total commodities and alternative investments volume.

During March, CME Clearing handled CBOT volumes approaching 4.0 million contracts per day, up 30 percent from the year-ago period. NYMEX energy and metals volume on the CME Globex platform averaged 668,000 contracts per day.

First-Quarter Highlights

During the first quarter, CME volume averaged a record 6.5 million contracts per day, up 30 percent from the same period a year ago. Total volume exceeded 400 million contracts. Average daily volume on the CME Globex electronic trading platform increased 40 percent to a record 4.8 million contracts per day from the same period a year ago, representing 75 percent of total exchange volume. In the first quarter, total options volume averaged 1.3 million contracts per day, up 20 percent compared with first-quarter 2006. Electronic options volume averaged a record 165,000 contracts per day for the quarter, more than doubling from the same period a year ago.

CME total interest rate volume was a record 3.6 million contracts per day during the quarter, up 25 percent from the same period a year ago. CME Eurodollar futures grew 30 percent to average a record 2.5 million contracts per day. Electronic CME Eurodollar futures averaged a record 2.2 million contracts per day during the first-quarter, up 38 percent from the same period a year ago. CME Eurodollar options grew 14 percent to 1.2 million contracts per day. CME Eurodollar options volume traded electronically averaged 93,000 contracts, up 78 percent from first-quarter 2006, and represented 8 percent of total CME Eurodollar options volume.

CME E-mini equity index volume averaged a record 2.0 million contracts per day during the quarter, up 40 percent compared with first-quarter 2006. CME E-mini options volume averaged a record 66,000 contracts per day, more than doubling from first quarter 2006. CME equity standard volume grew 31 percent to average a record 190,000 contracts per day. CME equity standard options volume averaged a record 90,000 contracts per day, up 76 percent from first- quarter 2006.

CME foreign exchange volume averaged a record 555,000 contracts per day, up 36 percent compared with first-quarter 2006. During the quarter, electronic foreign exchange volume averaged a record 501,000 contracts per day, up 46 percent from the same period last year.

CME commodities and alternative investments volume averaged a record 93,000 contracts per day for the quarter, up 15 percent from the same period a year ago.

During the quarter, CME Clearing handled record CBOT volumes approaching 3.9 million contracts per day, up 24 percent from the same period a year ago. NYMEX energy and metals volume on CME Globex averaged a record 675,000 contracts per day during the first quarter.

Open interest for all CME products was 43 million contracts at the end of the quarter, up from 35 million contracts at the end of December. Additionally, the Chicago Board of Trade had 17 million open positions with CME Clearing at the end of the month. Open interest represents the number of contract positions that remain open at the end of a trading session.

  CME QUARTERLY AVERAGE DAILY VOLUME (In Thousands)

                                                                Percent
                                  Q1 2007         Q1 2006        Change
  CME PRODUCT LINE
  Interest Rates                    3,639           2,919           25%
  E-Minis                           1,977           1,408           40%
  Equity Standard                     190             145           31%
  Foreign Exchange                    555             407           36%
  Commodities                          93              80           15%
    Sub Total                       6,454           4,958           30%
  TRAKRS                              143             160          -11%
    Total                           6,597           5,119           29%

  VENUE
  Open Outcry                       1,578           1,467            8%
  CME Globex (Ex TRAKRS)            4,815           3,435           40%
  Privately Negotiated                 61              57            7%



  CME MONTHLY AVERAGE DAILY VOLUME (In Thousands)

                                                                Percent
                               March 2007      March 2006        Change
  CME PRODUCT LINE
  Interest Rates                    4,191           3,137           34%
  E-Minis                           2,475           1,454           70%
  Equity Standard                     288             190           52%
  Foreign Exchange                    655             460           42%
  Commodities and Alt. Inv.           101              85           19%
    Sub Total                       7,710           5,326           45%
  TRAKRS                              162             104           56%
    Total                           7,873           5,430           45%

  VENUE
  Open Outcry                       1,811           1,584           14%
  CME Globex (Ex TRAKRS)            5,829           3,674           59%
  Privately Negotiated                 70              68            3%

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)

         |         By Product Line           |     |      By Venue
         |                            Commod-|     |               Privat-
  3-Month|Inte-        Equity          ities |     |                ely
  Period | rest        Stan-  Foreign and Alt|     | Open    CME   Negot-
  Ending |Rates E-Minis dard Exchange   Inv. |Total|Outcry  Globex  iated

  Feb-07  0.509  0.712  1.419  1.107   0.953  0.657  0.506   0.666  3.645
  Jan-07  0.508  0.717  1.434  1.072   0.931  0.658  0.508   0.667  3.649
  Dec-06  0.508  0.707  1.430  1.085   0.942  0.655  0.512   0.660  3.713
  Nov-06  0.502  0.703  1.357  1.112   0.918  0.645  0.494   0.657  3.719



  Average Daily Volume (In Thousands)

         |         By Product Line           |     |      By Venue
         |                            Commod-|     |               Privat-
  3-Month|Inte-        Equity          ities |     |                ely
  Period | rest        Stan-  Foreign and Alt|     | Open    CME   Negot-
  Ending |Rates E-Minis dard Exchange   Inv. |Total|Outcry  Globex  iated
  Mar-07  3,639  1,977   190    555      93   6,454  1,578   4,815     61
  Feb-07  3,220  1,649   155    551      78   5,643  1,416   4,168     58
  Jan-07  3,016  1,610   147    540      80   5,392  1,337   4,000     55
  Dec-06  2,990  1,596   147    508      72   5,313  1,293   3,967     53

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