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Exchange Sets Record for e-miNY Crude Oil Futures and Total e-miNY Futures Volume

Thu May 05 2005
NEW YORK, N.Y., May 5, 2005 — Daily trading records were set in e-miNYsm crude oil futures contracts and total e-miNYsm futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., yesterday.

The total e-miNYsm futures volume of 19,529 contracts surpassed the previous record of 17,124 set on May 3, and e-miNYsm crude oil futures volume of 17,875 contracts exceeded the previous record of 16,102 contracts set on the same day.

Exchange President James E. Newsome said, "Yesterday's daily records demonstrate the continued growth of the e-miNYsm futures contracts and the continued reliability of the investment community on the price transparency and efficiency provided by these investment tools."

The e-miNYsm futures are traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange GLOBEX® system and cleared through the New York Mercantile Exchange clearinghouse. They are 50% of the size of the standard-sized energy futures contracts and are traded from 3:15 PM, New York time, Mondays through Thursdays, and 7 PM, New York time, on Sundays until 2:30 PM the following day, with breaks between 9:30 AM and 10 AM, 2:30 PM and 3:15 PM, and 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM.

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e-miNY is a service mark of Chicago Mercantile Exchange and New York Mercantile Exchange pursuant to agreement. GLOBEX is a registered trademark of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. E-mini is a service mark of CME.

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