News Release

NYMEX ClearPort® Clearing Sets Volume Record

Mon Jan 09 2006

New York, N.Y., January 9, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., reached a record volume for ClearPort® clearing on January 6.

NYMEX ClearPort® cleared 300,138 contracts last Friday, surpassing the previous of 286,146 contracts cleared on September 29, 2005.

Exchange President James E. Newsome said, "As trading and clearing volume on NYMEX ClearPort® continues to grow, and we are gratified to provide a secure and efficient form of clearing to our market participants."

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