News Release

NYMEX Sets Open Interest Records on Crude Oil Futures, Brent Crude Oil Complex

Tue Jul 17 2007

NEW YORK, July 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., a subsidiary of NYMEX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: NMX), announced today that its crude oil futures contract and Brent crude oil complex contracts reached record open interest levels.

Yesterday, crude oil futures open interest peaked at 1,579,109 contracts, surpassing the previous record of 1,570,706 contracts set on July 13. Open interest of crude oil futures crossed the 1.5 million contract level for the first time on July 5 when open interest reached 1,522,035 and continued to set several records since then.

Open interest in the Brent crude oil complex reached 100,310 contracts, surpassing 92,405 contracts on June 11.

The Brent crude oil complex consists of the Brent bullet swap, Dubai-Brent calendar swap, Brent calendar swap, dated Brent, dated-to-frontline Brent, WTI-Brent bullet swap, and WTI-Brent calendar swap futures contracts.

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SOURCE: The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc.

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