News Release

NYMEX to Change Margins for NYMEX Softs Futures Contracts

Thu Feb 07 2008
NEW YORK, N.Y., February 7, 2008 -- The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. announced today that it will change margins for the NYMEX Cocoa; Cotton; Coffee; and Sugar No.11 futures contracts, effective at the close of business tomorrow.

Margins for the NYMEX Cocoa futures contract will increase to $1,800 from $1,250 for clearing members, to $1,980 from $1,375 for members, and to $2,430 from $1,688 for customers.
 
The margins for the NYMEX Cotton futures contract will increase to $2,000 from $1,000 for clearing members, to $2,200 from $1,100 for members, and to $2,700 from $1,350 for customers.
 
Margins for the NYMEX Coffee futures contract will increase to $2,500 from $2,000 for clearing members, to $2,750 from $2,200 for members, and to $3,375 from $2,700 for customers.
 
The margins for the NYMEX Sugar No.11 futures contract will increase to $1,000 from $750 for clearing members, to $1,100 from $825 for members, and to $1,350 from $1,013 for customers.
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