News Release

CME Reports February 2007 Volume Averaged 6.0 Million Contracts per Day, Up 27 Percent from Year-Ago Period

Thu Mar 01 2007

CHICAGO, March 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CME, the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange, today announced February volume averaged 6.0 million contracts per day, up 27 percent from February 2006. Total monthly volume was 115 million contracts. Volume on the CME Globex electronic trading platform increased 40 percent from February 2006 to average a record 4.6 million contracts per day, representing 76 percent of total exchange volume. Total options volume was 1.2 million contracts per day, up 4 percent from February 2006. Electronic options volume averaged 162,000 contracts per day for the month, up 104 percent from the same period a year ago, and represented 13 percent of total CME options volume.

CME total interest rate volume averaged 3.5 million contracts, up 22 percent from the same period a year ago. CME Eurodollar futures volume averaged a record 2.4 million contracts per day, up 36 percent from February 2006, and CME Eurodollar options volume was down 2 percent to an average of 1.0 million contracts per day. Electronic volume of CME Eurodollar options averaged 83,000 contracts per day, up 62 percent from February 2006, and represented 8 percent of total Eurodollar options volume.

CME E-mini index volume averaged 1.8 million contracts per day in February, up 37 percent compared with February 2006. Total equity options volume grew to 155,000 contracts per day, u97 percent from the same period a year ago. During the month, CME set records in the E-mini S&P 500 with 60,000 contracts per day, the E-mini Russell 2000 Options with 8,000 per day and the E-mini NASDAQ 100 Options with 5,500 per day. CME equity standard volume grew 24 percent to average 150,000 contracts per day.

CME foreign exchange volume in February averaged 508,000 per day, up 38 percent compared with February 2006. Electronic foreign exchange volume averaged 457,000 contracts per day, up 45 percent compared with the year-ago period.

All statistics in this news release exclude data on CME's non-traditional TRAKRS® products, and CME Auction Markets™ products, unless otherwise noted. All references to options refer to options on futures contracts.

CME commodities and alternative investment products volume averaged 79,000 contracts per day in February, up 22 percent compared with the same period a year ago. In addition, the commodities volume on the CME Globex platform was a record 3,800 contracts per day, representing 5 percent of total commodities and alternative investments volume.

During February, CME Clearing handled record CBOT volumes averaging in excesss of 4.5 million contracts per day, up 23 percent. NYMEX volume on CME Globex averaged a record 688,000 contracts per day in February, up from 671,000 contracts per day in January.


                               February 2007  February 2006  Percent Change

  Interest Rates                    3,487           2,870           22%
  E-Minis                           1,805           1,319           37%
  Equity Standard                     150             121           24%
  Foreign Exchange                    508             368           38%
  Commodities and Alt. Inv.            79              65           22%
  Sub Total                         6,030           4,742           27%
  TRAKRS                              128             115           11%
  Total                             6,158           4,857           27%

  Open Outcry                       1,415           1,450           -2%
  CME Globex (Ex TRAKRS)            4,556           3,243           40%
  Privately Negotiated                 59              49           20%

  Note: CME Weather and GSCI products moved from Equity Standard to
        Commodities in April, and prior months were adjusted.


  Average Rate Per Contract (In Dollars)

                      By Product Line                   By Venue

                                          ities                       Pri-
  3-Month                                   and                       vately
  Period  Interest E-Minis Equity Foreign   Alt.        Open   CME    Negot-
  Ending   Rates         Standard Exchange  Inv. Total Outcry Globex  iated
  Jan-07  0.508   0.717   1.434    1.072  0.931  0.658  0.508  0.667  3.649
  Dec-06  0.508   0.707   1.430    1.085  0.942  0.655  0.512  0.660  3.713
  Nov-06  0.502   0.703   1.357    1.112  0.918  0.645  0.494  0.657  3.719
  Oct-06  0.495   0.714   1.335    1.133  0.946  0.638  0.469  0.664  3.567

  Average Daily Volume (In Thousands)

                          By Product Line                   By Venue

                                          ities                       Pri-
  3-Month                                   and                       vately
  Period  Interest E-Minis Equity Foreign   Alt.        Open   CME    Negot-
  Ending   Rates         Standard Exchange  Inv. Total Outcry Globex  iated
  Feb-07   3,220  1,649     15       541     78  5,643  1,416  4,168     58
  Jan-07   3,016  1,610    147       540     80  5,392  1,337  4,000     55
  Dec-06   2,990  1,596    147       508     72  5,313  1,293  3,967     53
  Nov-06   3,120  1,661    151       476     80  5,489  1,376  4,061     52

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