News Release

Exchange Announces 2006 Holiday Schedule

Thu Sep 22 2005

NEW YORK, N.Y., September 22, 2005 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., today announced that it plans to be closed for the following holidays in 2006:

Monday, January 2*
New Year's Holiday
(Electronic trading closed Sunday, January 1, 2006; reopens 7 PM, Monday, January 2, 2006)

Monday, January 16*
Martin Luther King Day
(Electronic trading closed Sunday, January 15; reopens 7 PM, January 16)

Monday, February 20*
President's Day
(Electronic trading closed Sunday, February 19; reopens 7 PM, February 20)

Friday, April 14
Good Friday
(Electronic trading closed Thursday evening, April 13; reopens 7 PM, Sunday, April 16)

Monday, May 29*
Memorial Day
(Electronic trading closed Sunday, May 28; reopens 7 PM, May 29)

Monday, July 3*
Tuesday, July 4
Independence Day
(Electronic trading closed Sunday and Monday, July 2 and 3; reopens 7 PM, July 4)

Monday, September 4*
Labor Day
(Electronic trading closed Sunday, September 3; reopens 7 PM, September 4)

Thursday, November 23
Friday, November 24
(Electronic trading closed Wednesday evening, November 22; reopens 7 PM, Sunday November 26)

Monday, December 25*
(Electronic trading closed Sunday, December 24; reopens 7 PM, December 25)

Monday, January 1*
New Year's Day
(Electronic trading closed Sunday, December 31, 2006; reopens 7 PM, January 1, 2007)


*Early closing on the business day preceding the holiday:
Energy markets close at 1 PM.
Aluminum and palladium close at 12 noon; copper and silver at 12:05 PM; and platinum and gold at 12:10 PM.


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