More great news in the exchange and option arena

ATLANTA, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE – News), the leading electronic energy marketplace, today reported record volume in its futures business segment and a strong increase in trading commissions in its over-the-counter (OTC) business for the month of January. ICE Futures volume increased 71.8% over last January, fueled by monthly records in key products, including IPE Brent Crude futures, IPE Gas Oil futures and ICE Futures’ ECX CFI futures contract based on the European emissions market. OTC commissions in January 2006 increased 69.7% compared to January 2005.
ICE continued to attract new market participants seeking electronically traded energy contracts, increasing liquidity and traded volumes in both the futures and OTC markets.

OTC Business Segment

In ICE’s OTC business segment, average daily commissions reflect daily trading activity in the company’s OTC markets. In January 2006, ICE’s average daily commissions rose to $387,974, an increase of 69.7% compared to average daily commissions in January 2005. Growth in average daily commissions was driven primarily by the continued expansion of ICE’s cleared OTC product volumes, particularly in natural gas and power. In January, ICE announced it would transition its cleared OTC WTI crude oil bullet swap contract into the new ICE WTI Crude futures contract which was launched today.