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CME Group Announces Record Volume for Benchmark Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) Options Contracts

Thu Feb 24 2011

CHICAGO, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse energy marketplace, today announced the third record volume for its global benchmark Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) options contracts since the beginning of 2011. On Wednesday, Feb. 23, WTI options reached a record 324,655 contracts, surpassing the previous record of 294,411 contracts set on Jan. 31, which represents a 10.3 percent increase from the prior record.

"CME Group is the leading crude oil options marketplace for both WTI and Brent Crude Oil," said Joe Raia, CME Group Managing Director, Energy & Metals Products. "As unrest continues in key parts of the world, customers around the world come to CME Group to manage their crude oil risk because of the depth of liquidity and unmatched transparency of our products."

CME Group NYMEX WTI is the largest, deepest and most liquid global energy market benchmark, trading more than 1.1 million futures and options contracts daily – on average more than double the size of its nearest competitor.

CME Group Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) futures and options contracts are listed by and subject to the rules of NYMEX.

As the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group (www.cmegroup.com) is where the world comes to manage risk.  CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate.   CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME Globex electronic trading platform and its trading facilities in New York and Chicago.  CME Group also operates CME Clearing, one of the largest central counterparty clearing services in the world, which provides clearing and settlement services for exchange-traded contracts, as well as for over-the-counter derivatives transactions through CME ClearPort.  These products and services ensure that businesses everywhere can substantially mitigate counterparty credit risk in both listed and over-the-counter derivatives markets.

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