CME Group Natural Gas Futures and Options Trading Volumes Surge in January -- Options traded electronically hit single day volume record of 75,778 Contracts

-- Natural gas basis complex launches on CME Direct

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, announced today average daily volume for its natural gas futures and options complex increased by 30 percent last month compared to January 2013. This provided strong support for the launch of natural gas basis markets on CME Direct, CME Group's electronic trading platform for listed and OTC energy markets.

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Average daily volume (ADV) for all natural gas contracts trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), including the benchmark Henry Hub Natural Gas futures contract, was 736,238 contracts a day, compared to 564,791 in January 2013, a 30 percent increase year-over-year. This is the second month of strong growth for natural gas. ADV in December 2013 was 655,121 contracts, compared to 468,186 in December 2012, an increase of 40 percent.

NYMEX natural gas options ADV in January was 210,127 contracts, an increase of 73 percent since January 2013 and 25 percent since December 2013. Natural gas options traded electronically set a single day volume record on January 24, when 75,778 lots traded over CME Globex. The last record was 56,447, which was set on January 17, 2013.

January also saw the launch of natural gas basis markets on CME Direct. In response to strong customer demand, CME Group now offers market participants the ability to trade the natural gas Basis suite on the same exchange that settles the benchmark Henry Hub Natural Gas (NG) contact. As part of this, CME Group has added over 40 new regional contracts to compliment the basis complex, and has launched more functionality on CME Direct to match the way customers prefer to trade.

"Since the launch, we have seen active market making on the screen, with a diverse group of participants across several points in all four regions and trading activity in the prompt month, calendars and some long-dated activity," said Gary Morsches, Managing Director, Global Energy. "With the increase in volatility in the energy markets and strong trading activity across our natural gas complex, we think this new suite of products is well positioned to meet all the hedging needs of our customers."

The NYMEX suite of natural gas futures and options contracts are listed by and subject to the rules of NYMEX.

As the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group (www.cmegroup.com) is where the world comes to manage risk.  CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate.  CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME Globex® electronic trading platform and its trading facilities in New York and Chicago.  CME Group also operates CME Clearing, one of the world's leading central counterparty clearing providers, which offers clearing and settlement services across asset classes for exchange-traded contracts and over-the-counter derivatives transactions. These products and services ensure that businesses everywhere can substantially mitigate counterparty credit risk.

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