News Release

NYMEX to Change Margins for Natural Gas Basis, Index Swap Futures Contracts

Wed Mar 05 2008

NEW YORK, N.Y., March 5, 2008 -- The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. today announced margin changes for some of its natural gas basis and index swap futures contracts, beginning at the close of business tomorrow.

Margins for the first month of the CIG Rockies basis swap futures contract will decrease to $1,200 from $1,500 for clearing members, to $1,320 from $1,650 for members, and to $1,620 from $2,025 for customers. Margins for the second to sixth months will decrease to $1,200 from $1,500 for clearing members, to $1,320 from $1,650 for members, and to $1,620 from $2,025 for customers. The margins for the seventh to ninth months will remain unchanged. Margins for the all other months will increase to $500 from $400 for clearing members, to $550 from $440 for members, and to $675 from $540 for customers. 

The margins for the first month of Alberta basis swap futures contract will decrease to $800 from $1,000 for clearing members, to $880 from $1,100 for members, and to $1,080 from $1,350 for customers. Margins for the second to 12th months will remain the same. The margins for all other months will increase to $300 from $200 for clearing members, to $330 from $220 for members, and to $405 from $270 for customers.

Margins for first and second months of the Sumas basis swap futures contract will decrease to $500 from $750 for clearing members, to $550 from $825 for members, and to $675 from $1,013 for customers.  The margins for the third to fifth months will increase to $500 from $400 for clearing members, to $550 from $440 for members, and to $675 from $540 for customers. Margins for all other months will increase to $400 from $300 for clearing members, to $440 from $330 for members, and to $540 from $405 for customers.

Margins for the first month of the Northwest Pipeline, Rockies basis swap futures contract will decrease to $1,000 from $1,200 for clearing members, to $1,100 from $1,320 for members, and to $1,350 from $1,620 for customers. Margins for the second to sixth months will decrease to $800 from $1,000 for clearing members, to $880 from $1,100 for members, and to $1,080 from $1,350 for customers.  The margins for the seventh to ninth months will increase to $600 from $500 for clearing members, to $660 from $550 for members, and to $810 from $675 for customers. Margins for all other months will increase to $300 from $200 for clearing members, to $330 from $220 for members, and to $405 from $270 for customers.

Margins for the first month of the Waha basis swap futures contract will remain unchanged. Margins for the second month will increase to $400 from $300 for clearing members, to $440 from $330 for members, and to $540 from $405 for customers. The margins for the third to sixth months will increase to $300 from $200 for clearing members, to $330 from $220 for members, and to $405 from $270 for customers. Margins for all other months will remain unchanged.

Margins for the first month of the Texas Eastern Zone M-3 basis swap futures contract will decrease to $1,000 from $1,500 for clearing members, to $1,100 from $1,650 for members, and to $1,350 from $2,025 for customers. Margins for the second to fifth months will increase to $900 from $600 for clearing members, to $990 from $660 for members, and to $1,215 from $810 for customers. The margins for the sixth to 10th months will increase to $400 from $300 for clearing members, to $440 from $330 for members, and to $540 from $405 for customers. Margins for all other months will remain the same.

Margins for the first month of the Transco Zone 6 basis swap futures contract will decrease to $3,000 from $3,500 for clearing members, to $3,300 from $3,850 for members, and to $4,050 from $4,725 for customers. Margins for the second to fifth months will decrease to $2,000 from $2,500 for clearing members, to $2,200 from $2,750 for members, and to $2,700 from $3,375 for customers. Margins for the sixth to 10th months will decrease to $700 from $750 for clearing members, to $770 from $825 for members, and to $945 from $1,013 customers. Margins for all other months will decrease to $400 from $500 for clearing members, to $440 from $550 for members, and to $540 from $675 for customers.

Margins for the first month of the TETCO South Texas basis swap futures contract will decrease to $300 from $400 for clearing members, to $330 from $440 for members, and to $405 from $540 for customers. The margins for the second month will decrease to $250 from $300 for clearing members, to $275 from $330 for members, and to $338 from $405for customers.  Margins for the third to 12th months will remain unchanged. The margins for all other months will increase to $200 from $100 for clearing members, to $220 from $110 for members, and to $270 from $135 for customers.

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