NOW BEING SERVED ON THE WEB: COFFEE, SUGAR AND COCOA

NOW BEING SERVED ON THE WEB: COFFEE, SUGAR AND COCOA

Http://www.ino.com/gen/csce.html is now the home of the Coffee, Sugar & Cocoa Exchange in cyberspace.

For those unfamiliar with the Internet and the World Wide Web, the unintelligible string of letters is the address that locates the exchange's new home page on the Web, the part of the Internet capable of transmitting sound and video as well as text.The home page - called that because it is the starting point for obtaining information about the exchange and the world of sugar, coffee and cocoa - is the first Web site from a New York futures exchange. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange opened a site on the Web earlier this year.

But as homes go, CSCE's has few creature comforts. In fact, bring your own chair. But if you stop by for a tour, coffee, sugar and cocoa will be served.

Through its site, and through "hypertext" links to related sites on the Web, exchange information - such as recent market news, daily charts, price and volume data and a reference library - is available around the clock. Visitors also can download specific information to their computers, or request material be sent by mail.

The CSCE's home-page features include retrieval of press releases; order forms for educational materials; downloading of options-strategy software; daily charts with prices and volume data; lists of contracts and specifications; a primer on futures trading; and oversight and regulatory rules of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Have a question about the exchange? A list of contracts is available online. Questions will be answered via E-mail. It is assumed that a Web browser has an E-mail address through an Internet provider.

Despite all their ability to gather information about trading, Internet users cannot use the site to trade commodities. That can only be done on the floor of the Commodity Exchange Center at Four World Trade Center.