News Release

Exchange to Expand Months Listed for Crude Oil Options Contracts

Mon Feb 13 2006

NEW YORK, N.Y., February 13, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., today announced that it will expand the months that it lists the light, sweet crude oil options contracts, beginning with the February 14 trading session.

The contract will be listed for 70 consecutive months, beginning with March 2006 contract through December 2011. An additional nearby calendar year will be available at the open of the business day following the termination of the nearby December contract. Each underlying crude oil futures will now have listed an associated options contract.

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