ICE Reports December Increase of 79.7% in OTC Commissions and 43.5% in Futures Volume, 2005 Record Year in Futures and Cleared OTC Volume

Intercontinental Exchange, an electronic energy marketplace, reported its eighth annual consecutive record volume year in its futures business as well as substantial increases in monthly trading volume and commissions in its futures and over the counter (OTC) business segments. Highlights

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Intercontinental Exchange, an electronic energy marketplace, reported its eighth annual consecutive record volume year in its futures business as well as substantial increases in monthly trading volume and commissions in its futures and over-the-counter (OTC) business segments.

Highlights of the results include a nearly 80% rise in OTC activity in December, as well as rising futures volume reflecting the growth of ICE Futures since the exchange’s electronic transition in April.

“This has been a pivotal year for ICE,” said Chairman and CEO Jeffrey C. Sprecher. “We successfully completed the transition to electronic trading at ICE Futures, leading to a record volume year and significant expansion of our global customer base. The introduction of 11 new cleared OTC contracts further strengthened our OTC business, resulting in a record volume year in our cleared OTC business as well. The further integration of ICE Futures and the completion of our initial public offering in November have enhanced our competitive position. Finally, the summary judgment in favor of ICE in the litigation with the New York Mercantile Exchange was a significant victory for both ICE and the broader energy marketplace.”

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