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CME Group Announces Three Consecutive Open Interest Volume Records in Benchmark Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) Futures

Mon Mar 14 2011

CHICAGO, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse energy marketplace, today announced it had reached three consecutive records in open interest for its global benchmark Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) futures contracts during the week of Monday, March 7.

Trading Date

Open Interest Volume

Friday, March 11

1,605,830 contracts

Thursday, March 10

1,596,178 contracts

Wednesday, March 9

1,585,044 contracts

Prior to last week, the previous record for WTI futures open interest was 1,579,109 set on July 16, 2007.

CME Group NYMEX WTI is the largest, deepest and most liquid global energy market benchmark, trading more than 1.1 million futures and options contracts daily – on average more than double the size of its nearest competitor.

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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