News Release

Exchange Achieves Annual Volume Records

Tue Jan 09 2007

NEW YORK, N.Y., January 9, 2007 — The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. set an annual total volume record of 276,152,326 contracts in 2006, crushing the previous record of 204,610,365 contracts set in 2005.

The annual total includes a record 216,252,995 Exchange–wide futures contracts and a record 59,899,331 Exchange–wide options contracts, which beat the 2005 records of 166,607,470 futures contracts and 38,002,895 options contracts, respectively.

Total NYMEX Division annual volume set a record of 246,080,283 futures and options contracts, surpassing the previous record of 175,038,840 contracts set in 2005. The 2006 total also includes a record 191,611,887 futures contracts traded on the NYMEX Division, surpassing the previous year's record of 141,201,169 contracts. NYMEX Division options traded a record 54,468,396 contracts, surpassing the 2005 record of 33,837,671 contracts.

Crude oil futures reached 71,053,203 contracts in 2006, surpassing the record 59,650,468 contracts traded in 2005. Crude oil options set a record with 21,016,562 contracts, surpassing the record 14,726,263 contracts traded in 2005. In 2006, heating oil futures traded 13,990,589 contracts, exceeding the 13,135,581 contracts traded in 2005.

Other annual volume highlights include:

  • Crude oil calendar spread options, which traded 1,209,952 contracts, surpassing last year's volume of 440,234 contracts.
  • Crude oil 12–month calendar spread options traded 24,750 contracts last year, surpassing the 2005 volume of 12,267 contracts.

NYMEX President and Chief Executive Officer James E. Newsome said, "NYMEX has continued to set records year after year, and last year was no exception. In 2006, we experienced the continued expansion of our products and services, growth in global ventures, and the highly anticipated IPO in November. It was a historic year for the Exchange as a whole."

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