News Release

CBOT Precious Metals Complex Sets Daily Volume Record

Thu May 18 2006

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Jennifer Rook

CBOT Precious Metals Complex Sets Daily Volume Record
Total Exchange Open Interest Reaches New High; Daily Volume Records Set in CBOT Equity Futures and Options Complex and Mini-sized Dow Contract

CHICAGO, IL, May 18, 2006 – The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT®) announced today that its 100 percent electronically traded Precious Metals complex set an all-time high, as volume reached 102,237 contracts at the close of trading yesterday.  The previous record, 100,589 contracts, was reached on May 11, 2006.  In addition, for the second time this week, the Exchange set a new record for total open interest.  The new open interest record, 17,013,590 contracts, tops the earlier record of 16,841,302 contracts set on Monday, May 15.

The Exchange also enjoyed a record day in its Equity Index complex, with 213,245 futures and options contracts trading hands.  The prior record, 202,432 contracts, was set on October 6, 2005.  The new high mark was driven by record volume in the CBOT mini-sized Dow Jonessm futures contract.  Mini-sized Dow Jones futures volume climbed to 195,084 contracts, eclipsing the prior record of 186,544 contracts, also set on October 6, 2005.

The CBOT’s Gold futures complex set a new volume record of 90,021 contracts, a 10 percent rise compared with the old record of 81,797 contracts set May 11, 2006. Volume in the CBOT Full-sized Gold (100 oz.) futures increased 11 percent, climbing to 62,003 contracts, beating the previous record of 55,670 contracts set on May 11. And volume in the CBOT mini-sized Gold (33 oz.) futures grew seven percent, achieving a new record of 28,018 contracts, surpassing the previous record of 26,127 contracts set on May 11.     

Month-to-date, the CBOT Gold futures complex accounted for nearly 40 percent of listed Gold futures contracts traded in North America.

The CBOT’s Precious Metals complex consists of Full-sized (100 oz.) Gold futures, mini-sized (33 oz.) Gold futures, Full-sized Gold options, Full-sized (5,000 oz.) Silver futures and mini-sized (1,000 oz.) Silver futures contracts.

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