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CME: Trading Volume Soars To Highest Level In Exchange History

Date 08/03/2002

Trading volume on Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME) rose to its highest level in the exchange's 104-year history yesterday, March 7, with 3,542,992 contracts traded. The record surpasses the previous single-day record of 3,327,358 set on Nov. 15, 2001. The underlying value of the contracts traded yesterday was more than $2.6 trillion.

Included in yesterday's volume is a single-day record for open outcry trading of futures contracts on CME of 2,026,500 - the first time open outcry futures volume surpassed the 2 million mark. The previous record was 1,894,698 contracts set on Nov. 15, 2001.

Also on March 7, electronic trading volume in foreign exchange futures at CME set a new record of 45,022, topping the previous record of 43,584 set on Dec. 14, 2001. CME introduced "side-by-side" electronic and open outcry trading of CME foreign exchange and cross-rate futures contracts in April 2001.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. ( is the largest futures exchange in the United States. 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 $1.5 billion per day in settlement payments and manages $28.2 billion in collateral deposits. CME is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc.