News Release

NYMEX Sets Monthly Volume Records in NYMEX miNYTM Futures Contracts

Tue Apr 04 2006

New York, N.Y., April 4, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. announced today that all of its NYMEX miNYTM futures contracts set monthly volume records in March.

Total NYMEX miNYTM futures set a monthly record of 1,267,822 contracts traded, exceeding the 1,032,580 contracts traded in February.

NYMEX miNYTM crude oil futures reached 983,304 contracts, surpassing the previous record of 951,613 contracts traded in September 2005.

The NYMEX miNYTM natural gas futures contract set a monthly volume record of 251,386 contracts traded. The previous record of 210,528 contracts was set in February.

The NYMEX miNYTM heating oil futures reached 18,051 contracts, exceeding the 16,452 contracts traded in February .

A record 15,081 NYMEX miNYTM gasoline futures contracts traded last month, surpassing the 7,831 contracts traded in February.

James E. Newsome, NYMEX president and chief executive officer, said, "The volume of NYMEX ClearPort® clearing continues to grow as the industry embraces the contracts and NYMEX's trading technology. We are pleased that the NYMEX miNYTM futures contracts have become such widely used risk management tools."

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