News Release

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

Wed Jan 11 2006

New York, N.Y., January 11, 2006 — The board of directors of NYMEX Holdings, Inc., voted to declare and distribute a special dividend of $30 million to stockholders of record as of January 21, 2006.

This is the ninth dividend, and second special dividend, issued by the holding company of the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., since the demutualization of the Exchange in November 2000.

Each stockholder will receive $36,764.71 per share of NYMEX Holdings common stock during the week of January 23, 2006.

NYMEX Chairman Mitchell Steinhause said, "This special dividend is possible due to the stellar success NYMEX enjoyed in 2005. The board of directors and I are pleased to once again provide NYMEX shareholders the opportunity to participate in our growth and success.”


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