News Release

NYMEX Sets Volume Record for Crude Oil Calendar Spread Options

Tue Apr 25 2006

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 25, 2006 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., today announced record volume for the crude oil calendar spread options contract on April 24.

The crude oil calendar spread options contract traded a record 35,600 contracts, surpassing the 25,925 contracts traded on February 22.

James E. Newsome, NYMEX President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are very pleased with the responsiveness of the energy industry and trading community to our diverse product slate of risk management tools."

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