News Release

NYMEX Sets Daily Volume Records in NYMEX miNYTM Futures Contracts

Fri May 05 2006

New York, N.Y., May 5, 2006 -- The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. announced that it set daily volume records yesterday on total NYMEX miNYTM, NYMEX miNYTM crude oil, natural gas, heating oil, and gasoline futures contracts.

Total NYMEX miNYTM futures set a daily record of 93,758 contracts traded, exceeding the 80,185 contracts traded on April 25.

The NYMEX miNYTM crude oil futures reached 65,616 contracts, exceeding the 64,784 contracts traded on November 9, 2005.

The NYMEX miNYTM natural gas futures traded 24,310 contracts, surpassing the 20,523 contracts traded on April 13.

Volume for the NYMEX miNYTM heating oil futures was of 2,619 contracts, topping the 2,325 contracts traded in April 25.

The NYMEX miNYTM gasoline futures reached 1,213 contracts, beating the 1,205 contracts traded in March 22.

James E. Newsome, NYMEX president and chief executive officer, said, "Yesterday was an incredible day for the NYMEX miNYTM futures contracts. We are gratified to see the increased demand for these flexible risk management tools that were created to fulfill the needs of market participants."

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