News Release

CME Group Announces Launch of U.S. Aluminum Swap Futures

Wed Apr 11 2012

CHICAGO, April 11, 2012 – CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced the launch of Aluminum MW U.S. Transaction Premium Platts (25MT) Swap Futures to begin trading on the trading floor and clearing through CME ClearPort on April 30. These contracts are listed by and subject to the rules of COMEX.

 “Increasing industrial demand from Asia and growing competition for resources have led to increased price volatility in some raw materials, like aluminum,” said Harriet Hunnable, CME Group Managing Director, Metals. “This new, innovative aluminum swap futures contract will enable commercial market participants in North America to better manage their price risk on an average basis throughout the month.”

 The introduction of aluminum swap futures for the North American market will enhance CME Group’s already broad range of hedging tools for the precious, ferrous and base metals markets.

 Additionally, the contract is based on the Platts Aluminum Midwest US Transaction based index for spot price transactions of aluminum in the Midwestern United States, where a significant number of North American aluminum transactions are executed.

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