News Release

CME Group Announces Volume in Natural Gas Futures Surpasses 500,000 Contracts

Wed Feb 09 2011

CHICAGO, February 9, 2011 – CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, announced record volume in its benchmark Henry Hub Natural Gas futures, which exceeded 500,000 contracts for the first time. On Monday, February 7, natural gas futures reached a record of 510,442 contracts, surpassing the previous record of 475,466 contracts set on January 20, 2011. Combined Henry Hub Natural Gas futures and options volume also reached a record 629,742 contracts.   


January average daily volume (ADV) for the Henry Hub Natural Gas futures and options complex was 440,882 contracts versus 351,720 contracts in January 2010. This represents an increase of more than 25 percent in year-over-year Henry Hub Natural Gas futures and options volume.


These contracts are listed by and subject to the rules of NYMEX.


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