NYMEX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: NMX), the parent company of the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., the world’s largest physical commodities futures and options exchange, today announced average daily volume for December 2007 of 1.335 million contracts, a 16% increase from 1.149 million contracts per day in December 2006.
NYMEX electronic volume on the CME Globex® electronic trading platform was 618,912 contracts per day and represented a 65% increase over 376,094 contracts per day in December 2006 electronic volume on CME Globex. NYMEX floor-traded energy futures and options averaged 190,505 contracts per day for December 2007.
COMEX electronic volume on CME Globex averaged 99,097 contracts per day and represented a 195% increase over the 33,602 contracts per day in December 2006 electronic volume on CME Globex. NYMEX launched side by side trading of physically delivered energy futures for its COMEX division metals on CME Globex during open outcry hours on December 3rd, 2006. COMEX floor-traded average daily volume was 24,886 contracts for December 2007.
Average daily volume on NYMEX ClearPort® was 295,048 contracts for December 2007, compared to 306,901 for December 2006. The remaining volume of 106,267 trades per day consisted of other transactions which include position transfers and exchanges.
Rolling Average Rate Per Contract — The three month rolling average gross rate per contract for the period October through December 2007 was $1.47, while the average net rolling rate per contract, including direct transaction costs, for the same period was $1.23. December rates per contract and direct transaction costs are estimated (see Note below).
Final November Rate Per Contract — The following represents the final November 2007 rates per contract after adjustments to the estimated rate per contract we provided last month. Gross average rate per contract across all venues in November 2007 was $1.47, while the net average rate per contract, including direct transaction costs, was $1.24. This is compared to gross average rate per contract of $1.40, and a net average rate per contract of $1.16 for November 2006. Direct transaction costs were $8.035 million for November 2007 versus $5.801 million for November 2006.
Estimated December Rate Per Contract — The following December average rates per contract are estimated (see Note below). Gross average rate per contract across all venues in December 2007 was $1.44, while the net average rate per contract, including direct transaction costs, was $1.19. This is compared to gross average rate per contract of $1.44, and a net average rate per contract of $1.16 for December 2006. Direct transaction costs were an estimated $6.670 million for December 2007 versus $6.370 million for December 2006.
Note: Because we are providing an additional level of up-to-date information regarding our recent monthly rates per contract, our volumes and rates press releases will be issued within approximately seven to eight business days after the end of the month. Also, the estimated figures are preliminary and may change due to the fact that the last days of the month have not been finalized and are thus subject to adjustments and corrections. Average daily volume is based on 20 trading days for December 2007; 20 days for December 2006; 64 days for fourth quarter 2007; and 62 days for fourth quarter 2006.