ICE Futures Extends Deal WTI Crude and Brent Crude Futures To Six Years

Energy marketplace, IntercontinentalExchange, announced that trading in ICE Futures' WTI and Brent Crude futures contracts will be extended to offer six years to meet the demand for additional contract months. The extension will provide for trading in 71 contract months,

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Energy marketplace, IntercontinentalExchange, announced that trading in ICE Futures’ WTI and Brent Crude futures contracts will be extended to offer six years to meet the demand for additional contract months.

The extension will provide for trading in 71 contract months, beginning with April 2006 and ending in December 2012, for both the ICE West Texas Intermediate Light Sweet Crude Oil futures contract and the IPE Brent Crude Oil futures contract.

ICE Futures will add contracts for all months in 2009 through 2011, as well as long-dated June and December contracts for 2012. An additional 12 months of crude futures contracts will be available annually following the termination of the nearby December contract.

ICE Futures launched the new ICE WTI Crude futures contract on February 3, with first-day volume representing the strongest start for any new contract in the exchange’s history. In its first 10 days of trading, the contract averaged more than 40,000 contracts per day.

ICE Futures also announced that it will convert the transaction fees charged on its Brent Crude and Gas Oil futures and options contracts to US dollar-based transaction fees from British pound-denominated fees, resulting in converted rates from 35 pence per side to $0.70 per side for screen-based transactions beginning on April 1, 2006.

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