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CME Euro FX Options Break 15,000 Volume Mark

Date 25/06/2002

Volume in Euro FX options on futures traded on Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME) broke the 15,000 mark for the first time yesterday, June 24, with 15,052 contracts traded. The trading surpassed by 32 percent the previous volume record set on Jan. 25 of 11,424 contracts.

Euro FX futures contracts traded record volume on June 11 when 93,328 contracts changed hands. Open interest in Euro FX options on futures reached record levels on June 6 with 84,907 open positions. CME's Euro FX contracts are futures contracts on the European currency, the euro, with an underlying value of 125,000 euro per contract.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (www.cme.com) is the largest futures exchange in the United States and the second largest exchange in the world for the trading of futures and options on futures. As an international marketplace, CME brings together buyers and sellers on its trading floors and virtually around the clock on its GLOBEX electronic trading platform. CME offers futures contracts and options on futures primarily in four product areas: interest rates, stock indexes, foreign exchange and commodities. The exchange moves about $1.6 billion per day in settlement payments and manages $27.4 billion in collateral deposits. CME is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc.