News Release

Exchange Sets Record for Overall Daily Volume

Fri Jul 15 2005

NEW YORK, N.Y., July 15, 2005 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., set a daily volume record yesterday when 1,044,370 contracts were traded, surpassing the previous record of 1,044,261 contracts set on April 13.

Exchange President James E. Newsome said, "These volume records are a clear indication that the Exchange is the most reliable trading venue of choice for open outcry, electronic, and off–Exchange trading and clearing. In this competitive arena, we will continue to be the exchange that not only listens to its customers' needs but fulfills them."

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