News Release

CBOT Ag Complex Trades Over 1 Million Contracts, New Record

Fri Nov 03 2006

Immediate Release

Maria Gemskie

CBOT Agricultural Complex Surpasses One Million in Trading Volume and Sets a New All-Time Record
CBOT Full-Sized Gold Futures Contract Continues to Achieve New Record Levels of Open Interest

CHICAGO, Nov. 3 -- The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) (NYSE: BOT) today announced its Agricultural futures and options complex exceeded one million in trading volume yesterday and set a new all-time volume record. The new record of 1,006,014 contracts surpassed the previous high of 929,546 contracts set on October 6, 2006.

The CBOT's Full-sized (100 oz.) Gold futures contract also set a new, consecutive open interest record yesterday of 53,187 contracts, surpassing the previous one set on November 1 of 50,956 contracts. The CBOT's Corn futures contract also set a new volume record of 423,875 contracts, outpacing the previous record of 379,223 contracts set on October 12, 2006.

CBOT President and CEO Bernard W. Dan said, "Surpassing the one million mark in CBOT Agricultural complex trading volume is a significant milestone for the Exchange. Consistent demand from the agricultural sector, coupled with our efforts to build greater access to CBOT markets have further developed liquidity for the benefit of all participants. At the same time, the record-setting growth in our Metals complex has enabled those contracts to be recognized as leading price discovery and risk management vehicles on a global scale."

The CBOT Agricultural complex includes Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Rough Rice, Soybean Meal, Soybean Oil, Oats futures and options contracts and South American Soybean futures contracts. These products are available on the e-cbot(R) electronic trading platform from 6:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily and in the open auction environment from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (CT). In addition, CBOT Agricultural futures contracts trade on its electronic trading platform during daytime trading hours, side-by-side with the open auction market.

For more information about the CBOT Agricultural complex, please visit the Exchange's web site at

The CBOT's Metals complex consists of Full-sized Gold (100 oz.) futures and options contracts, mini-sized Gold (33 oz.) futures contracts, Full-sized Silver (5,000 oz.) futures and options contracts, and mini-sized Silver (1,000 oz.) futures contracts. To view the live book of bids, offers and quantities, or to obtain more information about the CBOT Metals complex, please visit the Exchange's web site at

About the CBOT

As one of the leading global derivative exchanges, the Chicago Board of Trade provides a diverse mix of financial, equity and commodity futures and options-on-futures products. Building on its 158-year history, the CBOT continues to advance into the future using the strength of deep liquidity, market integrity and member-trader expertise. Using superior trading technology in both electronic and open-auction trading platforms, the CBOT provides premier customer service to risk managers and investors worldwide. For more information, visit our website at

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