Wed Nov 7, 2012 01:32 PM CST

CHICAGO (Dow Jones) -- The CME Group lowered its minimum margins on Chicago Board of Trade corn futures, exchange officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

The changes are effective after the close of business Wednesday.

Former Margins New Margins
Initial Maint. Hedge Initial Maint. Hedge
Corn $2,700 $2,000 $2,000 $2,025 $1,500 $1,500
Mini Corn $540 $400 $400 $405 $300 $300


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