Nymex launches electronic energy futures trading; reaches Comex agreement

Source: Nymex

The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. announced today that it will offer its physically delivered energy futures contracts on the CME Globex electronic trading platform during its regular open outcry trading hours, beginning on September 4 for trade date September 5.

The contracts will trade side by side in conjunction with NYMEX trading floor hours, and they will be fungible with the floor-traded NYMEX energy contracts.
The contracts include the NYMEX crude oil (CL), natural gas (NG), heating oil (HO) and gasoline (HU, RB) futures contracts. The contracts on CME Globex will be listed for the full curve, or all months corresponding with the underlying full-sized futures contract and will be available for trading from 6:00 PM ET Sundays through 5:15 PM ET Fridays, with a 45-minute break each day between 5:15 PM ET and 6:00 PM ET.

Details regarding the competitive fee structure will be provided prior to the September 4 launch.

NYMEX launched financially settled, standard-sized and NYMEX miNYTM energy futures contracts for trading on CME Globex on June 12. Access to electronic trading of NYMEX products is available virtually 24 hours a day on CME Globex.

Additionally, the company today announced that the NYMEX Board of Directors and the COMEX Governors Committee have reached an agreement in principle today regarding COMEX Division member rights, including electronic trading rights. The terms of the transaction will include the issuance of NYMEX common stock. Details of the transaction will be disclosed upon completion of a definitive agreement.

The transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including the completion of a definitive agreement, final approvals by the NYMEX Board of Directors and the COMEX Governors Committee, COMEX member approval, NYMEX shareholder approval, and applicable regulatory approvals. There can be no assurance that this transaction will be completed.

As a result of this contemplated transaction, the COMEX Board of Governors has approved the temporary suspension of trading in COMEX memberships, effective immediately, pending completion of a definitive agreement or the termination of discussions.

This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state.

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