News Release

NYMEX Sets Daily Volume Records

Fri Apr 21 2006

New York, N.Y., April 21, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. announced that it set daily volume records in Exchange-wide volume, NYMEX Division futures and options, NYMEX and COMEX Division options, and NYMEX Division options contracts on April 19.

Exchange–wide futures and options volume reached 1,420,734 contracts, exceeding the 1,383,616 contracts traded on August 30, 2005.

NYMEX Division futures and options contracts traded a record 1,185,628 contracts, surpassing the 1,168,260 contracts traded on August 30, 2005.

NYMEX and COMEX Division options hit 346,414, beating the previous record of 301,388 contracts traded on January 20.

NYMEX Division options reached 280,347 contracts, surpassing the 262,731 contracts traded on January 20.

James E. Newsome, NYMEX President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are gratified that the energy and metals industries continue to turn to NYMEX for its liquidity and price transparency."

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