- CME Group announced the launch of CBOT Black Sea Wheat Futures to begin trading on June 6, subject to regulatory approval. The launch of these contracts, which will be listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of the CBOT, is an extension of the MOU that was initiated by CME Group Chairman Emeritus Leo Melamed last year.
- Dubai Commodities Exchange (DGCX) announced the launch of Copper Futures. The region’s first copper contracts went live on April 20, 2012, and will be cleared by the Dubai Commodities Clearing Corporation.
- ICE Futures U.S. will launch trading in futures for corn, wheat and soybeans on May 14, and options on May 15, pending review by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
- ICE will launch 26 cleared OTC products on April 30, among which are swaps for Singapore unleaded gasoline and 180- and 380-centisoke fuel oil offered in lots of 100 metric tons. This brings ICE’s total cleared OTC energy contracts to more than 700.
- NYSE Liffe started offering wheat, barley, corn and rapeseed contracts expiring as far out as January 2015 to improve commercial users’ ability to hedge prices.