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CME Sets Eighth Exchange-Wide Open Interest Record

Date 14/08/2002

For eight consecutive sessions, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME) has posted exchange-wide open interest records, beginning on Aug. 2 with 18,989,272 positions and reaching 19,953,428 positions yesterday, Aug. 13.

Records set on Aug. 13 include:


Open Interest Record

Volume Record

Previous Record

E-mini™ S&P MidCap 400™ futures

5,533 positions


5,213 positions on Aug. 12

Two-year swap rate futures

800 positions

1,000 contracts

486 positions on June 13 and 400 contracts on June 25

Open interest represents the number of futures and options on futures contracts outstanding at the close of trading each day. Open interest can be seen as a measure of the use of risk management instruments by institutions and individuals with a long-term stake in the markets, as well as the liquidity of a contract.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. ( is the largest futures exchange in the United States and the second largest exchange in the world for the trading of futures and options on futures. As an international marketplace, CME brings together buyers and sellers on its trading floors and virtually around the clock on its GLOBEX 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 $1.6 billion per day in settlement payments and manages $27.4 billion in collateral deposits. CME is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc.

E-mini is a service mark of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. S&P, S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and other trade names, service marks, trademarks and registered trademarks that are not proprietary to Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. are the property of their respective owners, and are used herein under license. Further information about CME and its products is available on the CME Web site at