What is NYMEX?

NYMEX History

The NYMEX was founded in 1872 and has grown to become the largest physical commodity futures exchange in the world. The CME Group purchased the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), a commodity trading exchange, in 2008. It is recognized as a Designated Contract Market (DCM), providing the CME Group with products in the energy, agricultural, and metals sectors.

It was initially founded as a commodities exchange and later expanded to include equity derivatives, options on commodities, and financial instruments.

The NYMEX has been at the forefront of innovation in the futures and options markets. It was the first exchange to offer electronic trading in 1992 and the first to offer paperless trading in 1998.

NYMEX introduction

One North End Avenue in Manhattan, New York City, is where you can find NYMEX. The New York Mercantile Exchange and Commodity Exchange, Inc (COMEX), two formerly separately held exchanges, are the company’s two main segments.

The open outcry trading system is being used by NYMEX, even though it permanently shuttered the pit at the close of trade on Friday, December 30, 2016. Trading in commodities, such as metals, oil, energy carriers, and other commodities, is the core focus of the NYMEX. Futures contracts for platinum and palladium are also traded on the NYMEX.

NYMEX Market Participants

The NYMEX is open to a wide range of participants, including individual traders, financial institutions, and commodity producers. The NYMEX is also open to professional traders, who use sophisticated trading strategies to take advantage of market opportunities. Exchange participants are required to send their independent brokers.

NYMEX Trading Rules & Regulations

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, an independent arm of the US government, oversees NYMEX regulation.

NYMEX began Trading Futures.

In the mid-2000s, NYMEX initiated electronic trading of futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s (CME) Globex platform, which was seen as a more efficient form of trading. Initially, the volume of trading on CME Globex was lower compared to physical trading platforms, but by 2018 it had exceeded them. Nowadays, many NYMEX energy futures are traded electronically, with more than half of all energy futures contracts going through CME Globex. The days of open-outcry trading on the NYMEX floor are dwindling, as electronic trading is becoming the principal way of trading futures contracts.


The Nymex underwent an initial public offering (IPO) on December 5, 2002. The IPO was a huge success, with the stock soaring 125% on its first day of trading.