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CME Group Announces Record Volume for its Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) Options Contracts

Tue Feb 01 2011

CHICAGO, Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced its second consecutive record volume for the global benchmark Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) options contracts. On Monday, January 31, WTI options reached a record of 294,411 contracts, surpassing the previous record of 290,365 contracts set on January 28, 2011.

During the month of January average daily volume (ADV) for WTI options grew to 165,162 contracts up 21.4 percent, versus 136,102 contracts during January 2010.

CME Group Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) futures and options contracts are listed by and subject to the rules of NYMEX.

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