News Release

NYMEX to Waive NYMEX ACCESS® Surcharge, Amend Electronic Trading Holiday Schedule

Fri Aug 04 2006

New York, N.Y., August 4, 2006 —The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. announced today that it will eliminate the NYMEX ACCESS surcharge for products that are migrating to CME Globex® beginning on August 6 for trade date August 7. NYMEX will also adopt the CME Globex holiday schedule for all NYMEX contracts traded on CME Globex.

Contracts that will continue to trade on NYMEX ACCESS are subject to the existing fees.

NYMEX contracts traded on CME Globex will follow the CME holiday schedule, reducing the days that electronic trading is closed from 11 to four days. December 24 and 25 are the only holidays this year when CME Globex trading is closed.

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