News Release

CME Group Extends Global Trading Hours for Electronic Mini Grains

Mon Nov 05 2007

CHICAGO, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CME Group, the world's largest and most diverse exchange, announced the extension of its electronic trading hours for mini-sized corn, soybean and wheat futures contracts beginning November 9. The mini agricultural contracts will trade electronically side-by-side with the grains and oilseed products already available in open outcry, which is expected to maximize access for global customers and increase opportunities for both electronic and floor trading.

Electronic trading hours for the mini-sized corn, soybean and wheat contracts will be available from 6:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Central time Sunday through Friday. Electronic market makers will be added to the 6:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. trading hours to enhance liquidity during the Asian and European daytime trading hours.

Mini-sized corn, soybean and wheat futures were launched as Chicago Board of Trade products in April 2003 for floor trading and became available for electronic overnight trading in May 2007. The mini-sized futures will trade on e-cbot® and then migrate to CME Globex® in January 2008, when almost all of the electronically traded legacy CBOT products will transfer to CME Globex, CME Group's electronic trading platform.

Mini-sized corn, soybeans and wheat contracts are each 1,000 bushels per contract and are eligible for directed fungibility with their standard-size grains counterparts, which are 5,000 bushels per contract. The mini-sized contracts are settled using the full-size contract settlement price. For more information, please go to 

CME Group ( is the world's largest and most diverse exchange. Formed by the 2007 merger of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), CME Group serves the risk management needs of customers around the globe. As an international marketplace, CME Group brings buyers and sellers together on the CME Globex electronic trading platform and on its trading floors. CME Group offers the widest range of benchmark products available across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, agricultural commodities, and alternative investment products such as weather and real estate. CME Group is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ under the symbol "CME".

The Globe logo, CME, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, CME Group, Globex and E-mini, are trademarks of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. CBOT and Chicago Board of Trade are trademarks of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago. These trademarks are used herein under license. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Further information about CME Group and its products can be found at



CONTACT: media, Mary Haffenberg, +1-312-930-3435, or Allan Schoenberg,
+1-312-930-8189, both at, or investors, John Peschier,
+1-312-930-8491, all of CME Group

Web site:

Corporate Communications

+1 312 930 3434