News Release

CBOT Metals Complex Sets Daily Volume Record

Wed Apr 12 2006

For Immediate Release
Craig Grabiner 
(312) 341-5758


Exchange’s Silver Futures Continue Record-Breaking Week with New Volume Records for Total Complex, Full and Mini-Sized Contracts

CHICAGO, IL, April 12, 2006 – The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT®) announced today that its Precious Metals complex achieved a new record on Tuesday, April 11, as daily volume climbed to 42,983 contracts.  The previous record, 40,388 contracts, was set on March 30, 2006.

The record for Metals futures was fueled by the Exchange’s Silver futures complex, which set a new volume record for the second consecutive day.  The new Silver complex record stands at 10,635 contracts, surpassing Monday’s record of 6,844 contracts by 55 percent.  Both Full-sized (5,000 Oz.) and mini-sized (1,000 Oz.) Silver futures contracts set records yesterday.  Volume for the Full-sized contract was 6,315 contracts, eclipsing the 4,002 contracts traded on the previous day.  Mini-sized Silver futures traded 4,320 contracts on Tuesday, breaking the record set on April 13, 2004.

Month-to-date, the CBOT Precious Metals complex accounts for 25 percent of listed metals futures traded in North America.

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