News Release

CBOT Exchange-Wide Open Interest Tops 15.6 Million Contracts

Tue Apr 18 2006

For Immediate Release
Craig Grabiner 
(312) 341-5758


Precious Metals complex sets fifth open interest record in April

CHICAGO, IL, April 18, 2006 – The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT®) announced today that on Monday, April 17, Exchange-wide open interest reached record levels for the third consecutive trading session, climbing to 15,636,208 contracts.  The prior record of 15,508,436 contracts was reached on Thursday, April 13.  Open interest represents the number of trading positions that have not yet been offset and closed at the end of a trading day.

Additionally, the CBOT Metals complex rose to a new open interest record for the fifth time during the month of April, climbing to 34,167 contracts.  Within the product group, Full-

(5,000 oz.) and mini-sized (1,000 oz.) Silver futures, as well as Full-sized (100 oz.) Gold options, reached new open interest highs.  Month-to-date, the CBOT Precious Metals complex accounts for 25 percent of listed metals futures traded in North America.

During yesterday’s session, CBOT 10-Year Treasury Note futures, 30-Day Federal Fund options and the $25 Big DowSM contract also reached new open interest records.

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