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CME Announces Good Friday Holiday Trading Hours

Wed Mar 16 2005

CHICAGO, March 16, 2005 - CME today announced the following trading schedule for the Good Friday holiday (all times are Central time): Thursday, March 24 Commodity futures, foreign exchange and interest rate products traded on Exchange trading floors close at 12:00 noon. (Commodity options close at 12:02 p.m.). Equity index and GSCI products close at their regularly scheduled times (3:15 p.m. for equity index products and 1:40 p.m. for GSCI products). Products traded on CME® Globex® during Regular Trading Hours (RTH) close as follows: commodities and fertilizer close at 12:00 noon; foreign exchange and interest rates close at 3:15 p.m. Products closing at their regular times are equity indexes, weather and X-Funds (3:15 p.m.), TRAKRSSM (3:00 p.m.), GSCI (1:40 p.m.) and CPI (2:00 p.m.). Friday, March 25 CME Globex and Exchange trading floors are closed in observance of Good Friday. Sunday, March 27 CME Globex opens at its regular time of 5:00 p.m. (for trade date of March 28). Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. ( is the largest futures exchange in the United States. As an international marketplace, CME brings together buyers and sellers on CME Globex® electronic trading platform and on its trading floor. CME offers futures and options on futures primarily in four product areas: interest rates, stock indexes, foreign exchange and commodities. The exchange moved about $1.5 billion per day in settlement payments in 2004 and managed $44.1 billion in collateral deposits as of Dec. 31, 2004, including $3.1 billion in deposits for non-CME products. CME is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CME), which is part of the Russell 1000® Index. Chicago Mercantile Exchange, CME and Globex are registered trademarks of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.

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