News Release

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

Fri Nov 17 2006

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. announced today that it set daily volume records for total energy, crude oil, heating oil, and palladium futures contracts traded on the CME Globex electronic trading platform yesterday.

Total energy futures traded a record 554,080 contracts, exceeding the 478,795 contracts traded on November 8. Crude oil futures reached 361,940 contracts, topping the 284,716 contracts traded on November 8. Heating oil futures totaled 37,987 contracts, surpassing the 33,067 contracts traded on November 8. Palladium futures traded 1,045 contracts, exceeding the 1,022 contracts traded on November 8.

Total light sweet crude oil futures, traded via open outcry and on CME Globex, traded a record 598,155 contracts, beating the previous record of 497,904 contracts traded on November 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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