News Release

CBOT Mini-Sized Dow Futures Set Daily Volume Record

Thu May 25 2006

For Immediate Release

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Craig Grabiner
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Exchange Also Sets Volume Records in Equity Futures Complex as Total Exchange Open Interest Reaches New High Mark

CHICAGO, IL, May 25, 2006 – The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) announced today that its $5 mini-sized Dow Jonessm futures contract set a record on Wednesday, as volume climbed to 218,495 contracts at the close of trading.  The previous record, 195,084 contracts, was set on May 17, 2006.  The Exchange also set a record for total Exchange-wide open interest.  The new open interest record, 17,230,667 contracts, tops the previous record of 17,188,794 contracts set the day before.

The new high mark for the mini-sized Dow contract fueled a daily volume record in the Exchange’s Equity Index complex, with 232,565 futures and options contracts traded yesterday.  The prior record, 213,245 contracts, was set on May 17, 2006.  The CBOT Equity Index complex includes $5, $10 and $25 Dow Jones futures contracts as well as $5 and $10 Dow Jones options on futures contracts.

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