News Release

Exchange to Expand Listed Months for Crude Oil Calendar Spread Options

Thu Feb 16 2006

NEW YORK, N.Y., February 16, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., today announced that it will expand the months that it lists crude oil calendar spread options contracts, beginning with the February 17 trading session.

There will be a one–month calendar spread option for each underlying crude oil futures spread, resulting in one-month calendar spread options contracts listed consecutively beginning with the March–April 2006 spreads through the November–December 2011 spreads.

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