News Release

NYMEX Sets Annual Volume Records

Tue Oct 03 2006

NEW YORK, N.Y., October 3, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. today announced that it has set annual volume records for many of its energy and metals contracts as of September 29.

Exchange-wide futures and options volume reached 207,247,582 contracts, exceeding the 204,611,537 contracts traded last year.

Total NYMEX Division trading reached 182,857,439 contracts, surpassing the 175,038,840 contracts traded last year.

NYMEX Division futures traded a record 142,631,321 contracts, beating the 141,201,169 contracts traded in 2005.

NYMEX and COMEX Division options reached 44,595,678 contracts, breaking the previous year's record of 38,002,895 contracts traded.

NYMEX Division options totaled 40,226,118 contracts, topping the 33,837,671 contracts traded in 2005.

Crude oil options traded 15,874,690 contracts, surpassing the 14,726,263 contracts traded last year.

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