CHICAGO -- The Chicago Board of Trade today announced its Agricultural futures and options complex exceeded one million in trading volume yesterday and set a new all- time volume record.



The new record of 1,006,014 contracts surpassed the previous high of 929,546 contracts set on Oct. 6, 2006.



The CBOT's Full-sized (100 oz.) Gold futures contract also set a new, consecutive open interest record yesterday of 53,187 contracts, surpassing the previous one set on Nov. 1 of 50,956 contracts. The CBOT's Corn futures contract also set a new volume record of 423,875 contracts, outpacing the previous record of 379,223 contracts set on Oct. 12, 2006.



CBOT President and CEO Bernard W. Dan said, "Surpassing the one million mark in CBOT Agricultural complex trading volume is a significant milestone for the Exchange. Consistent demand from the agricultural sector, coupled with our efforts to build greater access to CBOT markets have further developed liquidity for the benefit of all participants. At the same time, the record-setting growth in our Metals complex has enabled those contracts to be recognized as leading price discovery and risk management vehicles on a global scale."



The CBOT Agricultural complex includes Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Rough Rice, Soybean Meal, Soybean Oil, Oats futures and options contracts and South American Soybean futures contracts. These products are available on the e- cbot(R) electronic trading platform from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily and in the open auction environment from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (CT).