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CME Group Announces the Launch of New Average Price Options Contracts

Wed Feb 25 2009

CHICAGO, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CME Group, the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange, today announced four new average price options contracts, scheduled to begin trading on March 8 for trade date March 9. These contracts are listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of NYMEX. The products will be available through the CME ClearPort®, an open clearing system, and the New York trading floor.


The new average price options contracts and their commodity codes will be: propane (OPIS) (G1); Mont Belvieu natural gasoline (OPIS) (E1); Mont Belvieu ethane (OPIS) (F1); and Mont Belvieu normal butane (OPIS) (D1).


There will be 20 strike prices in increments of $0.01 per gallon above and below the at-the-money strike price for a total of at least 41 strike prices. The contracts will expire on the last business day of the underlying calendar month.


The contracts will be 42,000 gallons in size with a minimum price fluctuation of $0.0001 per gallon. Consecutive monthly contracts will be listed for the balance of the current year plus three additional years, beginning with the March 2009 contract.


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