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Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. To Resume Normal Trade In Most Products On Thursday, Sept. 13 - Pending Decision On Equity Index Futures, Options In Coordination With U.S. Securities Markets

Date 12/09/2001

Chicago Mercantile Inc. (CME) announced that floor trading of its interest rate, foreign exchange and commodity markets and its Nikei 225 equity index futures and options contracts will resume at their normal times tomorrow, Sept. 13. Electronic markets will re-open at the same time as open outcry.

A decision regarding the re-opening of U.S. equity index products is being coordinated with other U.S. financial markets and regulatory agencies and will be announced as soon as it is determined. Trading of the Nikkei 225 will resume tomorrow in order to accommodate the last trading day of the expiring September contract.

A moment of silence will be observed on CME's trading floors at 11:00a.m. (Central time) to recognize the victims and survivors of yesterday's tragic events.

Due to heightened security measures, all persons entering CME will be required to enter the Monroe St. doors at 30 S. Wacker Drive and to present appropriate identification through the rest of this week. CME's Visitors Galleries will be closed for the rest of this week. The building's parking garage will be open from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and only those with building identification and parking stickers will be permitted in the garage. CME officials recommend that members and staff arrive early to allow for the additional security measures.

CME has established a recorded telephone line for information about CME's markets and business operations: +1 312 930 2324. The recording will be updated as there are new developments. News releases and updates are also posted on CME's Web site, www.cme.com.

In coordination with other U.S. financial markets, CME open outcry and electronic markets remain closed until tomorrow morning. Trading in all of CME's markets was suspended as of 9:15 a.m. Sept. 11. Open outcry trading in CME's U.S. equity and agricultural products did not take place yesterday. Electronic trading on GLOBEX2 of equity markets was suspended as of 8:30 a.m. yesterday.