Nasdaq, Inc.
Apr 19, 2010

NASDAQ OMX Announces First Quarter and Year-to-Date Global Index Group Report

NEW YORK, Apr 19, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced the first quarter and year-to-date activities report for the NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group. The Global Index Group creates and licenses indexes, which are the basis of financial instruments, and provides full-service index support to financial product issuers, sponsors and investors.

Business Highlights

  --  The NASDAQ Stock Market(R) (NASDAQ) began trading on February 11 two new
      exchange-traded funds (ETFs) designed to provide leveraged and inverse
      exposure to the NASDAQ-100 Index(R) (NDX). The following ETFs are
      sponsored by ProShares:

  --  ProShares UltraPro QQQ (TQQQ)
  --  ProShares UltraPro Short QQQ (SQQQ)

  --  On March 22, the NASDAQ-100 Index became the benchmark for the first
      foreign index-linked financial product in China. The Guotai NASDAQ-100
      Fund is open for subscription by Guotai Asset Management Co., Ltd., one
      of the original asset managers in China, and is now available to
      investors in China.

  --  Nordea Bank launched on March 10 four new Bull and Bear Certificates
      based on the NASDAQ-100 Index and the OMX Helsinki 25 (OMXH25). The
      certificates are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

  --  An ETF designed to replicate the performance of the NASDAQ-100 Index was
      launched on January 25 in Canada. BMO Nasdaq 100 Equity Hedged to CAD
      Index ETF (ZQQ) is sponsored by BMO Financial Group.

  --  Two new ETFs based on NASDAQ OMX's PHLX Semiconductor Sector(SM) index
      (SOX) were recently introduced by Direxion Shares. The PHLX
      Semiconductor Sector index is the most widely recognized index investors
      use to track the semiconductor industry. On March 11, the following ETFs
      that offer leveraged long and short exposure to the PHLX Semiconductor
      Sector index began trading:

  --  Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bull 3X Shares (SOXL)
  --  Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bear 3X Shares (SOXS)

  --  NASDAQ recently began trading two new ETFs designed to provide leveraged
      and inverse exposure to the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index(R) (NBI), the
      most widely used benchmark for U.S. biotechnology sector. The following
      ETFs, sponsored by ProShares, began trading on April 8:

  --  ProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology (BIB)
  --  ProShares UltraShort Nasdaq Biotechnology (BIS)

  --  Options trading on the NASDAQ Internet Index(SM) (QNET) began on March
      24 on NASDAQ OMX PHLX. The NASDAQ Internet Index is designed to track
      the performance of the largest and most liquid U.S.-listed companies
      engaged in internet-related businesses that are listed on NASDAQ, the
      New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) or NYSE Amex. Susquehanna Securities is
      the specialist for this new product.

  --  DB Climate Change Advisors (DBCCA), the climate change investment and
      research business of Deutsche Bank's Asset Management business, and
      NASDAQ OMX announced on February 10 the introduction of the DB NASDAQ
      OMX(R) Clean Tech Index (DBCC). The index is an accurate, real-time
      representation of the global clean technology sector with exposure to
      clean energy, energy efficiency, transport, waste management and water
      companies. This is the first clean technology index co-branded by a
      global exchange company and a global bank.

  --  On April 12, NASDAQ OMX and the Consumer Electronics Association
      (CEA)(R) introduced the NASDAQ OMX(R) CEA(R) Smartphone Index(SM)
      (QFON), a new benchmark for the telecommunications sector focused on
      wireless, mobile devices with advanced communications functionality. The
      NASDAQ OMX(R) CEA(R) Smartphone Index is a modified
      market-capitalization index and includes companies that are primarily
      involved in the building, design and distribution of handsets, hardware,
      software, and mobile networks associated with the development, sale and
      usage of smartphones.

Index Performance

During the first quarter, NASDAQ OMX indexes -- the benchmark for 53 ETFs worldwide -- paced the market for both broad-based and sector performance. The table below shows the first quarter performance of some of NASDAQ OMX's leading indexes:

  Name                         2010
  NASDAQ OMX Government
   Relief Index                 21.32%
  OMX Nordic 40 index           15.03%
  OMX Copenhagen 20 Index       13.77%
  NASDAQ OMX ABA Community
   Bank Index                   12.47%
  NASDAQ Biotechnology Index    11.32%
  PHLX Medical Device Index     11.04%
  OMX Helsinki 25 Index         10.50%
  NASDAQ Q-50 Index              9.39%
  PHLX Housing Index             9.12%
  PHLX Defense Index             8.58%
  PHLX Marine Shipping           8.38%
  PHLX Chemicals Index           7.99%
   Biotechnology Index           7.90%
  NASDAQ Financial-100 Index     7.77%
  OMX Stockholm 30 Index         7.29%
  NASDAQ-100 Index               5.27%

New Indexes

In the first quarter, NASDAQ OMX launched the following new indexes:

  Name                     Ticker
   Tech Index              DBCC
  NASDAQ-100 Currency
   Hedged CAD              NDXCADH
  SHB Gasoil               SHBGASOIL
  SHB Gasoline             SHBGASOLINE
  Folksam OMXS60           FMOMXS60
  Folksam OMXS60 Cap       FMOMXS60CAP
  KPA OMXS60 ex banks      KPAOMXS60
  KPA OMXS60               KPA OMXS60

On April 14, NASDAQ OMX launched the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Tradable Sector Indexes. The index family comprises 10 Sector indexes and a Composite index. Four versions of the indexes -- price return, total return, net return and an expiration index for futures -- are calculated. The price return indexes are listed below:

  Name                                 Ticker
  NASDAQ OMX Nordic 120                NOMXN120
  NASDAQ OMX Nordic Energy             NOMXNEN
  NASDAQ OMX Nordic Materials          NOMXNMA
  NASDAQ OMX Nordic Industrials        NOMXNIN
  NASDAQ OMX Nordic Construction &
   Real Estate                         NOMXNCR
  NASDAQ OMX Nordic Consumer           NOMXNCO
  NASDAQ OMX Nordic Health Care        NOMXNHC
  NASDAQ OMX Nordic Bank & Insurance   NOMXNBI
  NASDAQ OMX Nordic Investment
   Companies                           NOMXNIC
  NASDAQ OMX Nordic Telecom &
   InfoTech                            NOMXNTI
  NASDAQ OMX Nordic Transportation     NOMXNTP

On April 12, NASDAQ OMX launched a new blue chip index, the OMX Helsinki 15 (OMXH15). The OMXH15 is calculated as a free float market capitalized weighted index based on the 15 most traded shares on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

The index is calculated in price, gross and net versions:

  Name                            Ticker
  OMX Helsinki 15 Index           OMXH15
  OMX Helsinki 15 Net Index       OMXH15NI
  OMX Helsinki 15 Gross Index     OMXH15GI

NASDAQ OMX is a global leader in creating and licensing strategy indexes and is home to the most widely watched indexes in the world. As a premier, full-service provider, the NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group is dedicated to designing powerful indexes that are in sync with a continually changing market environment. Utilizing its expanded coverage as a global company, NASDAQ OMX has more than 1,400 diverse equity, commodity and fixed-income indexes in the U.S., Europe, and throughout the world.

NASDAQ OMX's calculation, licensing and marketing support provide the tools to measure and replicate global markets. The NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group's range of services covers the entire business process from index design to calculation and dissemination. For more information about NASDAQ OMX indexes, visit

Access to essential historical index data for NASDAQ OMX indexes can be accessed from a single source, NASDAQ OMX Global Index Watch. For additional information, please visit


The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world's largest exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services across six continents, with more than 3,600 listed companies. NASDAQ OMX offers multiple capital raising solutions to companies around the globe, including its U.S. listings market, NASDAQ OMX Nordic, NASDAQ OMX Baltic, NASDAQ OMX First North, and the U.S. 144A sector. The company offers trading across multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products and exchange-traded funds. NASDAQ OMX technology supports the operations of over 70 exchanges, clearing organizations and central securities depositories in more than 50 countries. NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic are not legal entities but describe the common offering from NASDAQ OMX exchanges in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit *Please follow NASDAQ OMX on Facebook ( and Twitter (

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The matters described herein may contain forward-looking statements that are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We caution that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond NASDAQ's control. These factors include, but are not limited to, factors detailed in NASDAQ's annual report on Form 10-K, and periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements.

The ETFs set forth above are not issued, endorsed, sold, or promoted by NASDAQ OMX. NASDAQ OMX makes no warranties and bears no liability with respect to the ETFs.


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