News Release

NYMEX Energy Futures Contracts Set Daily Volume Records on CME Globex®

Thu Oct 19 2006

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. announced today that it set daily volume records for total energy, crude oil, natural gas and heating oil futures contracts traded on the CME Globex electronic trading platform yesterday.

Total NYMEX energy futures reached 411,265 contracts, topping the 385,471 contracts traded on October 4. Crude oil futures contracts totaled 215,579 contracts, surpassing the 197,737 contracts traded on October 17. Natural gas futures traded a record 48,235, exceeding the 37,067 contracts traded on October 17. Heating oil futures reached 24,369 contracts, surpassing the 22,093 contracts traded on October 9.

NYMEX launched its physically settled futures contracts for trading on CME Globex during regular open outcry trading hours on September 5, following its initial offering of financially settled, standard-sized and NYMEX miNY energy futures contracts for trading on CME Globex on June 12. Access to electronic trading of NYMEX products is available virtually 24 hours a day on CME Globex.

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