News Release

NYMEX to Change Margins for Heating Oil, Related Futures Contracts

Wed Mar 19 2008

NEW YORK, N.Y., March 19, 2008 -- The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. announced today that it will change margins for the heating oil, New York Harbor heating oil calendar swap, heating oil financial, and NYMEX miNYTM heating oil futures contracts, beginning at the close of business on March 20. 

Margins for the first month of the heating oil, New York Harbor heating oil calendar swap, and heating oil financial futures contracts will increase to $7,500 from $7,000 for clearing members, to $8,250 from $7,700 for members, and to $10,125 from $9,450 for customers. The margins for the second month will increase to $7,000 from $6,500 for clearing members, to $7,700 from $7,150 for members, and to $9,450 from $8,775 for customers. Margins for the third through 11th months will increase to $5,500 from $5,250 for clearing members, to $6,050 from $5,775 for members, and to $7,425 from $7,088 for customers. The margins for all other months will increase to $4,750 from $4,500 for clearing members, to $5,225 from $4,950 for members, and to $6,413 from $6,075 for customers. 

The margins for the first month of the NYMEX miNY heating oil futures contract will increase to $3,750 from $3,500 for clearing members, to $4,125 from $3,850 for members, and to $5,063 from $4,725 for customers. Margins for the second month will increase to $3,500 from $3,250 for clearing members, to $3,850 from $3,575 for members, and to $4,725 from $4,388 for customers. The margins for the third through 11th months will increase to $2,750 from $2,625 for clearing members, to $3,025 from $2,888 for members, and to $3,713 from $3,544 for customers.  Margins for all other months will increase to $2,375 from $2,250 for clearing members, to $2,613 from $2,475 for members, and to $3,206 from $3,038 for customers. 
 
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