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CME Stock Index Products Set New Open Interest Records As E-Mini<SUP>™</SUP> S&P 500 Futures Surpass 300,000 Open Interest Mark

Date 17/06/2002

Stock index products traded on Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME) continued setting open interest records, posting a new high of 1,643,637 positions on Friday, June 14, surpassing the previous record of 1,615,399 positions on the previous day, June 13.

Open interest in E-mini S&P 500 futures rose above the 300,000 mark for the first time on June 14, with 300,811 positions, surpassing its previous record of 278,499 positions on June 13. Other CME records on June 14 include:


Open Interest Record

Volume Record

Previous Record

Electronically traded foreign exchange (eFX) futures and options



50,074 on June 10

EuroFX futures



153,396 positions on Sept. 14, 2001

25,973 contracts on June 10

Canadian dollar futures



96,195 on June 13

E-mini S&P MidCap 400 futures



2,806 positions and 1,747 contracts on June 13

Open interest represents the number of futures and options contracts outstanding at the close of trading each day. Open interest can be seen as a measure of the use of risk management instruments by institutions and individuals with a long-term stake in the markets, as well as the liquidity of a contract.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. ( 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 GLOBEX® around-the-clock 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.