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CME Group Announces Trading Volume Record in NYMEX Brent Crude Oil Futures

CHICAGO, Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced a record in daily trading volume for its NYMEX Brent (BZ) crude oil futures contract. These contracts are listed by and subject to the rules of NYMEX.

Brent Crude Oil Last Day Financial Futures trading volumes jumped yesterday to 30,250 contracts, a 38 percent increase over the previous record of 21,997 set on August 8, 2012. CME Group has seen strong interest in its Brent contract so far this year, with average daily volume of 9,217 so far in January, an increase of 100% over ADV of 4,589 in 2012. CME Brent is available on CME Globex, the Trading Floor, for clearing over CME ClearPort, and over CME Direct, a free, web-based trading platform for listed and over-the-counter markets.

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.           

CME Group is a trademark of CME Group Inc. The Globe Logo, CME, Globex and Chicago Mercantile Exchange are trademarks of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.  CBOT and the Chicago Board of Trade are trademarks of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Inc.  NYMEX, New York Mercantile Exchange and ClearPort are registered trademarks of New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc.  COMEX is a trademark of Commodity Exchange, Inc.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Further information about CME Group (NASDAQ: CME) and its products can be found at www.cmegroup.com.

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