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Exchange Sets Daily Volume Record in NYMEX miNY(tm) Natural Gas Futures Contracts

Tue Apr 18 2006

New York, N.Y., April 18, 2006 -- The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. announced that its NYMEX miNYTM natural gas futures contracts set a daily volume record of 20,523 on April 13, exceeding the of 20,314 contracts traded on February 1.

James E. Newsome, NYMEX President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to see continued growth in on our electronic trading platforms.”




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