News Release

NYMEX Holdings, Inc., to Distribute Special Dividend to Shareholders

Wed Jul 06 2005
New York, N.Y., July 6, 2005 — NYMEX Holdings, Inc. announced today that its board of directors has voted to declare and distribute a significant and unprecedented special cash dividend of $81.6 million to NYMEX shareholders of record as of July 15, 2005. Each shareholder will be paid $100,000 per share of NYMEX common stock during the week of August 1.

NYMEX Chairman Mitchell Steinhause said, "We are pleased that the strength of our business enables us to return value to our shareholders and reward them for NYMEX's growth. We are focused on expanding our business globally over the long term, and we expect to continue to build on our position as the world's largest and most important physical commodities exchange."
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