CME Group Announces Open Interest Record in Benchmark Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) Futures

 CME Group Announces Open Interest Record in Benchmark Light Sweet Crude Oil
                                (WTI) Futures

NYMEX Brent (BZ) Reaches Multiple Trading Volume and Open Interest Records
This Year

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 14, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --CME Group, the world's leading and most
diverse derivatives marketplace, announced it reached a record in open
interest for its global benchmark NYMEX Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) futures
contracts yesterday, February 13, 2013. Open Interest for NYMEX WTI reached
1,665,014 contracts, compared to 1,664,400 on May 11, 2011, the last record
for this contract.

This comes shortly after NYMEX Brent (BZ) has hit multiple trading volume
records and open interest remains at record levels.

"It's widely agreed that the most important story in the global crude oil
market right now is happening in North America, and record open interest in
our WTI contract reflects that," said Gary Morsches, Managing Director, Global
Energy, CME Group. "CME Group is the only marketplace where all three oil
benchmarks trade: NYMEX WTI, the world's most liquid crude oil benchmark,
NYMEX Brent, the European crude benchmark, and DME Oman, a benchmark for the
East-of-Suez market."

CME Group's global energy complex includes the world's leading benchmarks –
NYMEX WTI, Henry Hub Natural Gas, NYMEX Gasoline and ULSD Heating Oil – and
trades more than 1.8 million contracts a day.

NYMEX light sweet crude oil and NYMEX Brent futures contracts are listed by
and subject to the rules of NYMEX.

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