News Release

NYMEX Announces Modified Operating Hours Tuesday for National Day of Mourning for President Ford

Fri Dec 29 2006

New York, N.Y., December 29, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. today announced that it will modify its hours on Tuesday, January 2, 2007, in observance of the national day of mourning for former President Gerald Ford as follows:

NYMEX and COMEX Division trading floors will be closed on Tuesday, January 2, 2007.

Electronic trading of all NYMEX and COMEX Division products through CME Globex® will be available as a risk management service to our global energy and metals customer base from 6:00 PM, Monday, January 1, 2007 until 5:15PM, Tuesday, January 2, 2007. NYMEX ClearPort® will also be available for trading and clearing of energy products and NYMEX SoftsTM products.

Exchange Chairman Richard Schaeffer said, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of President Ford and join the rest of the world in remembering and honoring his legacy, allegiance and dedication to our country."

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