News Release

COMEX Division Sets Record Seat Sale

Wed Dec 28 2005

New York, N.Y., December 28, 2005 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., announced that a seat on the COMEX Division sold for a record $450,000 today.

The previous record of $440,000 was set yesterday.

Exchange President James E. Newsome said, "We are gratified at the increased value that our customers place in our markets. This record sets a promising note for the Exchange, its members, and customers as we enter into a new year."

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